Harvest Festival 2017

September 30 – October 31

The month of October is all about harvest here at the Museum! Join us to celebrate fall and meet farm animals, learn how to care for them, what they eat and where they live, what they are used for, and more. Learn about farming, explore and sample the crops growing in the Museum gardens, run through the Toddler Maze, and play in the Corn and Soybean Pits. The Museum is the place to be, fall after fall!

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We’ll kick off Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 30, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with a third annual Vehicle Fair. Come explore tractors, tree service vehicles, haul and dump trucks, and other vehicles and equipment that can help at a farm. This is a free event located in the parking lot and boulevard, while regular admission rates apply to the Museum’s indoor and outdoor galleries.

Here are some of the events during our third annual Harvest Festival. Make sure to check the website often for more detailed information!

October 1 – 7: National 4-H Week
National 4-H week celebrates 4-H youth by sharing their stories and recognizing their commitment to making a positive impact in their communities. The Museum will help celebrate by offering a special discount to 4-H members during the week: 4-H members wearing their 4-H T-shirt, hat, headband, or badge will get to enjoy the exhibits, galleries, and activities within the Museum for half price. During this time, we will have 4-H projects from the Blue Earth and Nicollet County Fairs on display.

Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.
Come learn about dairy farms and products, and make butter to sample and take home. Meet Emily Annexstad, the 64th Princess Kay of the Milk Way and be here to unveil a new Dairy Barn exhibit.

Saturday, October 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 – 4 p.m.
Commodity Day at the Museum: join  Minnesota Soybean, Minnesota Corn, and Ridley, Inc. to learn more about crops and livestock feed.

Sunday, October 15, 1 – 3 p.m.
Join us to see an apple cider-making demonstration on a real cider press from the Haggerty family from Mankato. Holly Ellison, a Hy-Vee dietician, will be here  for some apple tasting and nutrition tips.

Thursday, October 19
9:30 a.m.
– Join Scott Kudelka, Minneopa Area Naturalist, for a special program about owls. Learn about the 12 owls found in Minnesota.
4 – 7 p.m. – Join our guests from Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, and help harvest the popcorn in the Farmyard, then sample freshly-made kettle corn. Last year, visitors had a great time picking the small cobs of popcorn.

October 19 – 20
Spend your MEA break at the Museum, join our special guests and learn about science. We’ll have some great science experiment demos on site!

October 20, 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grain Bin Safety: learn more about staying safe around grain bins or on the farm with an interactive exhibit.

October 21 – 22
What glows and oozes? Work with slime and glowsticks!

October 24 – 31
Explore pumpkins; what’s inside? Pumpkin decoration and dissecting programs.

October 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Check in with Mayo Clinich Health System physicians to sample harvest foods and to hear about healthy lifestyle and eating.

October 31: Halloween Parade
Wear a costume and participate in a parade at 10:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. and receive a treat.