A ‘bountiful, rollicking, joyful’ celebration of the Harvest

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Celebrate the arrival of autumn with a traditional 19th century celebration – Harvest Home, a daylong event Sept. 7 at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Point Defiance Park.

As the weather begins to change the historical interpreters at Fort Nisqually turn their attention to the harvest and their preparations for winter. This year’s Harvest Home celebration will feature apple pressing, a Jam and Jelly competition (enter to win “tastiest preserve”), tours of our heritage garden and the opportunity to sample seasonal treats made in our period kitchen and bake oven.

In addition to agricultural demonstrations and hands-on experiences, guests participate in several harvest traditions common in the 19th century. Visitors can make corn husk dolls, plait wheat, play popular Victorian games, and enjoy performances of harvest songs and dances from Fort Music Guild. We will crown a harvest king and queen from amongst our teen volunteers, and everyone can help decorate the hock cart that will carry the last sheaf of wheat through the fort to the granary. 

Event admission is $8.50-$10.50, and children 3 and younger are free. For more information visit www.fortnisqually.org or call (253) 404-3970.

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