FALL FAMILY FUN: 11TH ANNUAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT
CEDAR CIRCLE FARM & EDUCATION CENTER—Sunday, Oct 13, 2013, 10-3 PM
Celebrate the bounty of autumn and everything pumpkin at Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center’s 11th annual fall festival. Always held on Columbus Day weekend, the Pumpkin Festival has become an Upper Valley tradition and family favorite! Enjoy the ever popular horse-drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch and corn palace, pumpkin picking, children’s crafts and games, harvest wreath making, cider pressing, educational displays, live music and entertainment, plus an organic “Good Food” concession throughout the day! For a fall day of fun, bring family and friends (but leave dogs at home) to the farm on Sunday, October 13 between 10AM -3PM, rain or shine! Cedar Circle Farm is conveniently located on Pavillion Rd, off Route 5, in East Thetford, VT.
Free family entertainment begins at 10 with engaging tall tales by British storyteller Simon Brooks of New London, NH in the all-new Enchanted Forest (also offered at 11:30, 1 & 2). Award-winning juggler, Tony Duncan, of Nimble Productions in Brattleboro VT, wows the crowd as he manipulates objects and characters in his one man show at 11, 12:30 and 1:45. Under a tent on the main stage, two well-known Upper Valley bands perform—the Stovepipe Mountain Band, an Alt folk group from Corinth, NH plays from 10-12:15, followed by the Crunchy Western Boys, an Alt bluegrass band from Warren, NH from 12:45-3. At 2 a raffle drawing takes place for prizes donated by local businesses to raise money for subsidized CSA shares for low income families.
This year’s Organic “Good Food” Concession features local foods prepared by Farm Chef Alison Baker and staff, to include hearty fall soup and breads, grilled local sausages, veggie burgers, salads, butternut apple crisp, pumpkin brownies, and other seasonal delicacies—plus pizzas made in NOFA-VT’s portable wood-fired oven and crepes and waffles prepared by Vermont Crepe & Waffle.
Festival goers are asked to leave all pets at home and are encouraged to carpool. $10 per car admission includes all entertainment and children’s activities including face painting. One can come by bike, foot or train and get in free! Taking a train ride on the White River Flyer out of White River Junction can also add to the fun. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own place settings to help reduce the amount of trash generated at the festival.
Cedar Circle Farm is located off U.S. Route 5, south of Huggetts Store, on Pavillion Road, along the Connecticut River in East Thetford, Vermont. The farmstand and coffee shop are open, Tuesday-Sunday through October 31, for certified organic produce, fall flowers, pumpkins, and harvest decorations, and espresso drinks. This year the farmstand will open Saturdays and Sundays, November 2 to December 15. For more information and directions to the farm, please visit www.CedarCircleFarm.org or call 802-785-4737.
Parking $10 per car, carpooling encouraged. Admission includes all entertainment and children’s activities including face painting. Free admission for walkers, bicyclists and train passengers. Leave pets at home please.
10-3: Free: Horse-drawn wagon rides to and from the pumpkin patch and corn palace, children’s crafts, cider pressing, self-guided tour and educational displays. Kids’ activities include face painting, hula hoops, educational games, color station, barn wall mural, and harvest wreath making.
10-3: Organic “Good Food” Concession: Farm-made organic dishes and desserts, plus NOFA-VT wood-fired pizzas & VT Crepes & Waffles
10, 11:30, 1 & 2: Storytelling by Simon Brooks in the all-new Enchanted Forest
11, 12:30 & 1:45: Juggling by award-winning juggler Tony Duncan
10 – 12:15: The Stovepipe Mountain Band – Alt folk from Corinth, VT
12:45 – 3: The Crunchy Western Boys – Alt bluegrass from Warren, NH
2: Raffle drawing for prizes donated from local businesses to raise money for subsidized CSA shares for low income families.
3: Festival ends (farmstand and café open until 5pm)