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Annual Hagerstown Harvest Hoedown is a free, family event

Annual Hagerstown Harvest Hoedown is a free, family event

Amy Riley, recreation coordinator for the City of Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Division, hopes that children who come to this year’s Harvest Hoedown build more than just scarecrows. 

“One of our main goals is to get people outdoors more so that we can build a sense of community,” she said.

The 16th annual Hagerstown Harvest Hoedown is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Fairgrounds Park. The family-friendly event is free. 

New at this year’s Harvest Hoedown will be the children’s hay maze for kids ages 10 and younger.

The popular scarecrow making activity, sponsored by Community Free Clinic, will also be onsite for those who want to build their own scarecrow using kits that will be handed out.

Riley said the Harvest Hoedown is a cherished event that many people find themselves coming back to each year.

“It has become a tradition in the community, people always have a good time when they attend,” Riley said.

The first 1,000 children ages 12 and younger will receive a free pumpkin and an apple.

“Not only do children get to make their own scarecrow, but they will also get a few free goodies as well,” Riley said.

Other featured activities include pumpkin painting and face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo.

These family friendly activities are meant to signify a positive start of the beginning of a new season.

“This event is a great way to kick off the beginning of fall,” Riley said.

For those who want to participate in a more adventurous activity, there will be a rock climbing wall.

Additional favored activities at the event are the barrel cart rides and hay rides.

Other activities attendees can choose from is balloon bending and sculpting.

Food and craft vendors will be on site as well.

Riley believes the event is one way to motivate people to get outside more in their communities.

“The Harvest Hoedown is meant to provide fun activities to the public to encourage individuals to get physically active,” Riley said.

Riley said the event is ideal for families to attend because it’s suitable for all ages.

“There will be plenty of activities there that everyone can enjoy,” Riley said.

These activities encourage residents to come together for the enjoyment of local festivities.

In past years, the Harvest Hoedown brought together people in the community in a way that allows residents to engage with one another.

“We want to establish a sense of community by people bringing people together,” Riley said.

She said one of the aims of the Parks and Recreations Division is to continue to offer free events to the community so that more people can have the opportunity to participate in local events.

“We want to make available more free events for the public so that families can enjoy activities at an affordable rate,” Riley said.

If you go …

WHAT: Hagerstown Harvest Hoedown
WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14
WHERE: Fairgrounds Park, 351 N Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740
COST: Free admission 
CONTACT: For more information, go to or call 301- 739- 8577, ext. 883

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