When people think of fall, sights and sounds that come to mind are colorful leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, and corn ready for harvest. The Fall Harvest season at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum combines all of those into a great, family-friendly event on Oct. 2. This event is free with the purchase of a general admission ticket to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is a sponsor of the Arboretum Fall Harvest Season, which features events September through October. The Arboretum is a great place to connect with non-farming consumers in the Twin Cities,
Oct. 2 festival schedule:
8 a.m. — Harvest Hustle 5K Run/Walk registration
9 a.m. – Harvest Hustle 5K Race Start
Noon-4 p.m. — Festival at the Margot Picnic Shelters
– Games (pumpkin bowling, ladder golf, bean bag toss, pumpkin tic-tac-toe)
– Arts and crafts (corn cob painting, paint-a-pumpkin)
– Kiddy Activities (Hay maze & corn pit)
– Corn Roast
– Apple tastings
– Concession stand
Visitors at the festival can also view themed scarecrows displayed along walking paths, created by Arboretum staff and visitors. Take a tour along some of the walking and nature trails, enjoy the fall colors, and have the opportunity to capture some beautiful photos. And don’t miss MCGA’s corn plot at the Arboretum showing the difference between field and sweet corn.
Indoors, view some of the smallest and largest pumpkins that the Arboretum harvested this season. There will also be an apple tasting station where visitors can taste, rate, and help name new apple varieties that are currently in research phase trials. You never know, these new apples might even be more popular than the HoneyCrisp variety.
Another great feature at the festival is being able to create a scarecrow with your group of family and friends. All you need to bring is $10 and a set of clothes for your scarecrow to wear and the Arboretum will provide the rest of the supplies. Who’s up for making a corn-themed scarecrow?
Unfortunately, the fall season doesn’t last forever. So bring your family, friends, or neighbors to the Fall Harvest Festival at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Oct. 2 and enjoy the beauty of fall (and have lots of fun)!