Thursday, October 23, 2014

North Country Harvest Festival - Part 2

I left the pony ride area and headed for a large barn, an arena for horse shows, to see what else the Harvest Festival had to offer. A new group of tourists had just been loaded on the wagon, ready to take the tour I had just finished:

As I entered the big show barn, a couple of old fashioned farm collies sat peacefully near the door. I thought that they must be exceedingly well socialized for the farm to leave them loose, unattended, with all those visitors and children. And indeed they were well socialized, calm and friendly:

Inside the arena were tables filled with local crafts for sale, games for the kids, a bouncy castle - and this, apparently was the hay maze. It was put together out of a single thickness of hay bales and covered with a blue plastic tarp. Only small children could use it and I saw two girls entering to give it a try:

There were lots of pumpkins, of course, and a booth for painting them. Another booth offered face painting for children:

There was a two stall petting zoo. The first enclosure had rabbits and ducks:

And the second one had a goat, a sheep and a pony:

There was a booth where kids threw eggs at pictures of monsters. I thought this was a marvelous idea and lots of fun for the kids. I was glad I didn't have to do the clean up, though:

It was a lovely autumn day and I slowly walked back toward the entrance:

I passed another wagon load of visitors as I walked back toward my parked car:

As I headed for my car, I passed a family whose kids had clearly been to the face painting booth and one of the calm, friendly farm collies. It had been a brief but enjoyable autumn excursion and given me the opportunity to learn more about my new home territory:

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