2017 Fall Festival at the Agricultural History Farm Park

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    Celebrate the Season at Montgomery County's Largest Fall Festival

    Agricultural History Farm Park
    Agricultural History Farm Park. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Agricultural History Farm Park is a Montgomery Parks facility that serves as a venue for the annual Harvest Festival each October.  The event is the largest one-day fall festival in the county and provides visitors of all ages a taste of farm life from the 1850s to the present through hands-on activities and experiences on a working farm. Seasonal activities include free hay rides, farmhouse tours, farm animal demonstrations, archaeology digs and more.

    Date and Time:  October 7, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Location: 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, Maryland. The park is located just east of Gaithersburg in the northern part of Montgomery County.

    Directions from I-270. Take the I-370 exit toward the Shady Grove Metro station. Proceed approximately 2 miles, exit onto Shady Grove RD east. Go 1.4 miles, turn right onto Muncaster Mill Rd. Turn left onto Muncaster Rd at the first light, Follow Muncaster Rd for 1.3 miles to the park entrance on the left.

    Admission: $15 per car

    Enjoy these photos of the annual Harvest Festival and learn more about the event.

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    Harvest Time at the Agricultural Farm Park

    Fall Harvest. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Fall Harvest Festival is a family fun day of old-time crafts, live music, storytelling, food, sheep dog demonstrations, sack races and pumpkin rolling races, log sawing, hay bailing Blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, and woodcarving demonstrations and much more. The Agricultural History Farm Park is a 455-acre complex that is run by Montgomery Parks with a historic farm site and a modern farming activity center.

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    Hayrides at the Agricultural Farm Park

    Hayride. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Families enjoy hayrides as well as potato digging, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making and gardening talks and demonstrations.
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    Sheep

    Sheep. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Undocked tailed sheep are among many of the live farm animals that families enjoy visiting at the Fall Harvest Festival. The Farm is also home to goats, chickens and pigs.  

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    Alpacas

    Alpacas. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    See also alpacas, pigs, and working sheepdogs at the Fall Harvest Festival.
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    Steam Engine

    Steam Engine. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Kids especially like the Steam Engines at the Fall Harvest Festival. Steam engines were invented in the late 1700's and were used on farms for plowing.

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    Hay Mazes

    Hay Maze. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Hay Maze is a fun tradition during the Fall Harvest Festival.

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    Corn Field

    Corn Field. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Agricultural History Farm Park is a historical farm with real corn fields. The park is a 455-acre complex with a historic farm site and a modern farming activity center. There are historic outbuildings, animals, orchards and hiking and equestrian trails on the property.

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    More Events at the Agricultural Farm Park

    The Agricultural History Farm Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year including:

    • Gas & Steam Engine Show - April
    • Bluegrass on the Farm - September
    • Blacksmiths & Friends Traditional Arts Show - November
    • Christmas on the Farm - December