Family Fun And Games Will Be At The Pumpkin Smash, Fall Harvest Festival

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Pumpkin Smash, Fall Harvest Festival fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to sundown at Crabtree Farms. This family friendly event will feature carnival style, fun-on-the-farm games and activities for all ages and live bluegrass music. 

Activities will include a petting zoo, face painting, tractor rides and pie eating contests. A free game alley will feature corn hole, potato sack races, butternut squash relays and more.  

Guests may bring their own food to fry in local lard or pick up a brat or slice of pie from local vendors, The Missing Link and Sugar Pie. Apple cider, cold beer and water will be available all day. There will also be a local dinner and bonfire.

Guests are invited to bring their leftover Halloween pumpkins to launch from Crabtree’s own “Pumpkin Chuckin’ Trebuchet,” built specially for this event. Joining the fun from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. is the Boyd Buchanan physics class for a trebuchet square-off. Guests are invited to watch as the students compete to hurl small gourds and pumpkins the greatest distance.

“We’re so excited to have the Boyd Buchanan students join in on the celebration,” says Andrea Jaeger, programs coordinator at Crabtree Farms, “We wanted to give Chattanoogans a fun opportunity to turn their jack-o-lanterns into compost, and what could be a better way than to send them hurling through the air and watching them smash into pieces?”

Admission is $2, or guests can bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and get in for free. A local dinner will be offered starting at 5:30 p.m. Cornbread from 212 Market Restaurant, chili, burgers with local meat from Link 41, barbeque sandwiches on Niedlov’s buns, mashed sweet potatoes, collards and coleslaw with Crabtree Farms’ veggies are on the menu.

Proceeds from the festival will be used to create a kid-friendly outdoor recreational learning space and support Crabtree Farms’ educational programs, which include Farm-To-School efforts, gardening education, and community outreach. 

For more information call the Crabtree Farms office at 493-9155, x13 or email info@crabtreefarms.org.


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