“We expect a tremendous turnout at this year’s show,” said director Josiah Wheeler. “Our family-friendly outdoor event marks the end of the harvest year on our farm and is an exhibition that celebrates crafts, farming and community life with our friends and neighbors near and far.”
WACO, Texas (PRWEB)
November 17, 2022
Homestead Fair opens Thanksgiving weekend
An annual heritage festival featuring crafts, food, hands-on activities, farm animals, shopping and family fun
Preparations are underway for the 35th annual Homestead Fair over Thanksgiving weekend. The 3-day event is easily accessible just off Interstate 35 in central Texas just north of Waco and will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 25-27.
This year’s fair features dozens of agricultural and craft demonstrations and hands-on activities, an open-air shopping pavilion, agricultural displays, educational seminars and horse-drawn carriage rides, as well as a wide variety of food stalls, live music and more.
“We expect a tremendous turnout at this year’s show,” said Fair Director Josiah Wheeler. “Our family-friendly outdoor event atop the limestone cliffs of central Texas overlooking the Brazos River gives us plenty of space in a fresh, clean outdoor environment for all ages.”
“Marking the end of the annual harvest year here on our farm, our fair is an exhibition celebrating the viability of real, functioning homesteads and community life,” commented Wheeler. “We want it to serve as an open house to share the crafts, skills and achievements of our community with our friends and neighbors near and far.”
Popular annual must-see events
- Shepherd herding demonstration
- horse training demonstration
- Barn rearing in wooden frame construction to touch
Favorite Fair Activities
- Freshly prepared food in the food courts, stands and kiosks
- Do-it-yourself handicrafts
- Horse-drawn Hayrides
Farm Experiences – Back by popular demand
- Small-group tours of the community’s working farm in the Brazos River Valley beyond the fairgrounds.
“Previous Farm Experience tours have been so tremendously successful that we’re expanding them this year,” said Wheeler. “Visitors to the trade fair can experience our real work yard up close in small groups – our everyday draft horse husbandry, cow milking, laying hen care, feed and cover crop rotation and much more. People who took the farm tour at last year’s show will be thrilled to see significant improvements to the farm, such as: B. a new reservoir, horse stables and much more. Meet our operations managers and ask them any question you want!”
The fairgrounds features outdoor skills and demonstrations daily, from cider presses, cheese making, bread baking, soap making and sustainable gardening to horse breeding, sheep shearing, horse training, goat milking, beekeeping and more.
The Craft Pavilion booths and individual craft workshops will feature live demonstrations throughout the show including hand tool woodworking, blacksmithing, casting, pottery, quilting, spinning, weaving, basket weaving, broom making and more, along with a new macrame booth. Shoppers will find hundreds of handcrafted items and specialty items for sale at the Pavilion, The Barn gift shop, Homestead Farms barn and the restored 1760s Gristmill.
Hands on, make-your-own projects for kids includes over 2 dozen items that are both fun and educational. Free children’s activities include a new hay maze, farm animal petting zoo and duck race. Musical performances include children’s and youth choirs along with a youth orchestra each lunchtime and the Heritage Choir and Orchestra on Friday and Saturday nights.
A wide range of educational offers will be presented in all areas of the fair. Daily seminars offer hands-on guides on everything from baking whole wheat bread and sustainable home gardening to beekeeping and water collection, as well as thought-provoking topics like the impact of digital technology, decoupling from the matrix of consumption, and cultivating hope in a time of upheaval.
Food courts and kiosks (including a Funnel Cakes stand (new for 2022)) offer dozens of dishes, desserts and drinks from multicultural menus.
To better plan your visit in advance, check out the activities, schedules and maps available at http://www.homesteadfair.com
The event is hosted by Homestead Heritage and The Plowshare Institute for Sustainable Culture.
What: Homestead Fair
When: 9:00am to 9:00pm – November 25 & 26 (Friday and Saturday) 10:00am to 5:00pm – November 27 (Sunday)
Where: Homestead Craft Village
608 Dry Creek Road, Waco, TX 76705
Contact: http://www.HomesteadFair.com • 254.754.9600
- Adult Day Pass – $12 for 1 day
- Adult Weekend Pass – $18 for all 3 days
- General Admission for Children – FREE under 16 years
- Kid’s Fair Experience Tokens can be redeemed for pony rides, hayrides and DIY activities
All tickets can be purchased online at HomesteadFair.com
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