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Harriman-Nielsen Fall Festival set

By Staff | Sep 30, 2016

HAMPTON – Family members will find an afternoon of entertainment at the old-fashioned fall festival from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct 2, (Oct. 9, rain date) at the Harriman-Nielsen Historic Farm restoration site on the west edge of Hampton.

The Harriman-Nielsen home will be open for a walk-through tour and will feature recent renovations.

Children of all ages will get to try their hand at corn shelling and grinding, as well as apple cider pressing. Jamie Winkowitsch, of Dumont, will be demonstrating wool spinning.

A market featuring items from the farm’s garden will be for sale and will include aronia/grape jelly, dry bean soup mix in a jar, pumpkins, squash, broom corn, potatoes, apples, pears, and gourds.

Activities will include free concerts, wagon rides around the property, and contests for the biggest pumpkin, tallest corn stalk, pumpkin decorating, and a cribbage tournament.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. several Franklin County 4-H clubs will have old-fashioned carnival games with prizes for children.

The Franklin Clover Kids program will be sponsoring VEGGIE 500 races at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

An open flea market of vendors will be selling a variety of things including baked goods, art work, homemade crafts and antiques.

A homemade bean soup meal will be featured, prepared with beans grown on the farm garden. Brats, hotdogs and beverages will also be available. The Harriman-Nielsen Board is asking for homemade fruit pies to be donated. These pies will be sold by the slice with a scoop of ice cream.

Small fees will be charged for the carnival activities, the meal and garden produce. All proceeds from the event go toward the continued restoration of the farm site.

Families should bring their own lawn chairs to enjoy the afternoon of music by Yupitsa Polka Band and Two Juhls and a Gem at the farm.

Free parking will be available with spaces available for handicap parking. A handicapped restroom facility is available.

Contact Maynard Koenen for the cribbage tournament at (641) 456-4565, Berry Johnson for the biggest pumpkin and tallest corn stalk contests at (641) 456-3186, Doreen Petersen to donate pies at (641) 456-3825, and Jackie Dohlman if selling at the flea market at (641) 425-5281.

The Harriman-Nielsen Historic Farm is located north of Iowa Highway 3 on the west edge of Hampton. From Interstate I-35 take Exit 165 onto Iowa Highway 3 and go 10 miles east to Hampton.

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