Hagerstown celebrates the season with Harvest Hoedown
The City of Hagerstown is celebrating autumn with its annual family-friendly event — Harvest Hoedown.
The free festival will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown.
The first 1,000 children ages 10 and younger will receive a free pumpkin and an apple.
“People love to come and get in line early to get the free pumpkin and an apple. They love to take their pumpkin over to the pumpkin painting area and get their pumpkin painted and their face painted,” said Amy Riley, City of Hagerstown recreation coordinator.
Members of the Community Free Clinic will coordinate the scarecrow making activity for children to make using a kit.
Sponsored by The Salvation Army, the nonprofit has donated the clothing needed to make the scarecrows that are put together in kits by volunteers.
Children can take their kits to the hay area where they can stuff the kit full of hay and take their scarecrow home.
The children’s hay maze will be brought back again this year because of its popularity at last year’s event, according to Riley.
The barrel cart rides and hayrides, which are coordinated by the Washington County Antique Tractor Club, will be another popular activity offered.
A rotating rock wall, set up by Cedar Ridge Ministries, will be on site where people can ride for an unlimited time.
Pony rides will be available along with a petting zoo that will include sheep, goats, rabbits and a pig.
Other activities include face painting and balloon bending and sculpting.
Avery Rivas of Hagerstown, paints a pumpkin during the 2017 Harvest Hoedown at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. (Herald-Mail file photo)
While the event is free, Riley encourages people to bring some extra money to enjoy this year’s new craft vendor area.
Various craft vendors will be in attendance such as Keighty Crochet, Sew and Sew Fourth, and Cup Woodworking will showcase their products.
Other businesses who will represent include FedEx, Bath Fitter, Buffalo Beauty, Paparazzi and LuLaRoe.
“We welcome them to share information about their organization and then at the same time provide an activity for the kids because traditionally this event is well attended, and we can have some long lines for activities, so we like to try to keep as much as happening during the festival as possible just to make everyone have a great time,” Riley said.
Food will be served by Bella’s Bites, Pork Authority, Old Country Kettle Korn and Antietam Dairy.
Harvest Hoedown has grown into such a well-attended event over the years that plans to include more organizations to participate is in the works.
“We’re trying to think of other organizations that might want to participate to bring some new activities to the event because we have such a great crowd and it’s a great way to kick off the fall season,” Riley said.
Taking place on the same day will be the annual Community Yard Sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the stalls at Fairgrounds Park.
Individuals rent a stall for $20 and will sell items such as children’s clothing or collectibles.
“So it’s like a day full of activities,” Riley said.
Top photo: Adaline Krikstan of Hagerstown tries to find her way out of a hay maze at the 2017 Harvest Hoedown at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. (Herald-Mail file photo)