Harvest Festival ~ Excuse for an Excursion

By Alex, PAWV VISTA

The Harvest Festival is a festival that focuses on 18th century foods including demonstrations and displays about wild game, food production, harvest, preservation, cooking, customs and manners. It will take place. Oct 11 – 12, 2014 at Prickett’s Fort State Park in Fairmont, WV. Festivities will be open Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 1 to 4 pm. Admission for Harvest Festival is the following: Adults $8, Seniors (60+) $6, Children ages 6-12 $4, and Members of PFMF and Children 5 & under Free.

Prickett's Fort in Fall Photo credit http://www.scenicusa.net/051009.html

Prickett’s Fort in Fall
Photo credit http://www.scenicusa.net/051009.html

At the festival attendees will learn about harvest time on the frontier and the activities necessary to prepare for the approaching winter. There will also be an Antique Fair. Live Music will be performed by Mountain William Strings, Wha-ke-we-nn?, and Almost a Song. Demonstrations will include harvesting beans, corn, pumpkins, pickling, salting pork, and jerky making. There will be demonstrations on making sauerkraut, soap and candles. Kids’ activities will include making Corn Husk Dolls, Duck Decoys and a Tomahawk Throw. Master Gardeners will be at the herb gardens for plant identification.

Prickett's Fort Harvest Festival Photo credit http://marioncvb.com/event/harvest-festival-2/

Prickett’s Fort Harvest Festival
Photo credit http://marioncvb.com/event/harvest-festival-2/

Pricketts Fort was constructed in 1774 and provided a place of refuge from American Indian attack for early settlers. It was built at the confluence of Pricketts Creek and the Monongahela River within 10 miles of three major American Indian trails. The Fort, which covers a 110 by 110 foot square, was built by the community militia and is named after Captain Jacob Prickett. See web site for more information: http://www.prickettsfortstatepark.com/events.html

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