Fall Farm Fest
Lost Creek Reserve
Saturday, October 8th 12 - 7 pm & Sunday, October 9th 12 - 5 pm
Each year a midst the tree-lined lanes and colorful foliage at Lost Creek Reserve, the Miami County Park District hosts their biggest event of the year, Fall Farm Fest. On Saturday, October 8th from 12 - 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 9th from 12 - 5 p.m. the historic Knoop Homestead at the Reserve will be transform into a hub of activity for thousands of people who attend the two day festival celebrating the agricultural heritage of Miami County.
The festival offers a six acre corn maze, corn cannon, live music, food, hayrides, a scarecrow contest, children’s activities, demonstrations, vendors, display booths, farm animals, kiddie tractor pulls, a pumpkin patch and more. General admission to this family friendly event is free.
2016 Schedule of Events*
This family friendly festival features a variety of activities for all ages, so don't miss out!
The corn maze is a highlight of the festival. Visitors are able to experience adventure as they find their way through the twists and turns of the maze. In addition to being open during Fall Farm Fest, the corn maze is available for private rentals during the months of September and October.
Cost: Adults (12+) $5 Donation
Children (5-11) $3 Donation
Under 4 free
*All proceeds go to the Friends of the Miami County Park District Fund
Back by popular demand is our corn cannon where you can test your aim by shooting at various targets.
Cost: Two shots for $1
One of the most enjoyed activities at the Fall Farm Fest is the Scarecrow Contest. Visitors of the festival are invited to take a stroll or wagon ride down scarecrow lane and vote for their favorite scarecrow. Voting for your favorite scarecrow will take place at the Information Booth. Please be sure to vote!
Last year over 40 creative scarecrows were displayed by local business, organizations and groups. If you would like to create a scarecrow for this year's contest please fill out the registration form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail to Miami County Park District Administration Office, 2645 E State Route 41, Troy OH 45373. If you could like more information on the contest please call (937) 335-6273 or email Jessie at email@example.com.
Moovie on the Farm
The presenting sponsor of Fall Farm Fest, Miami County Farm Bureau, will be hosting “Moovie on the Farm” on Saturday, October 8th directly following all the festival fun at 7 p.m. Unwind with your family after the busy day by enjoying "Shaun the Sheep" under the stars and amidst the beautiful barns at Lost Creek. Don’t forget to pack a blanket and chairs.
Shaun the Sheep - Shaun the Sheep thinks and acts like a person in a barnyard, which usually gets him into trouble. When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. Animation, adventure, comedy, run time: 1 hour 25 minutes, rated: PG.
As you explore this working farm, you can take in various demonstrations including harvesting honey, rope making, chainsaw carving, sheep dogs and working oxen. New this year is a dedicated horse arena located in the Back Forty - near the cabin. Throughout the whole festival various horse demonstrations will be held back there. For a full list of demonstrations with locations and times, view the 2016 Schedule* and refer to the 2016 Map*.
If you have a great demonstration that would go with the Fall Farm Fest theme, please call (937) 335-6273 and ask for Jessie.
You won’t want to miss wagon rides around the farm.The route takes you down a charming farm lane lined with scarecrows, around the farm fields and by the beautiful Knoop Homestead and cemetery. There is no charge for the wagon rides. Last ride is at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday and 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Kiddie Tractor Pull
Another big hit each year is the Kiddie Tractor Pull where children can compete for trophies. Registration beings at 12:30 p.m. and the Pull will start promptly at 1:30 p.m. This event will now be offered on both Saturday and Sunday, but spots fill up fast, so be sure to register your child immediately.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to speak with our various partners! Our presenting sponsor, Miami County Farm Bureau will be at the festival on both Saturday and Sunday teaching you how to make butter and with a fun interactive grain game. Miami Soil and Water Conservation District will be on site Saturday with their edible soil activity. You won't want to miss this yummy, educational demo! OSU Extension - Miami County will be at the festival both days with their container creatures - like chia pets. For times and locations, check out our 2016 Schedule* and refer to the 2016 Map*. The Miami County Herb Society and Master Gardens will also be present all weekend long. The Herb Society will be located in the Historic Homestead next to the Interactive Art with a booth that will be selling dried herbs and products. The Master Gardeners will be located in Vendor Ally promoting their club while doing an interested demo on composting. My Miami County, Dayton Children's Hospital and Nationwide Insurance - Graves-Fearon Agency will also have booths located throughout the festival with free give-aways and activities. Be sure to stop by and talk with all these vendors!
The children's games area is always a hot spot at the festival! Enjoy the many old-fashioned lawn games including sack races, rope ring toss, stilts and tug-o-war. There will also be critter crawlers, bubbles, a straw jump, corn toss and pouring station. Don't miss the popular puppet show starting at 2 p.m. each day!
Our interactive art area is right next to the Children's Games. This area has the ever popular face painting and air brush tattoos stations done by both Whimsical Faces and TNT Colors. In addition, on both Saturday and Sunday, you will be able to try your hand at candle dipping from 1 - 4 p.m. Make and take your own candle home! Rope making will also be available. See how rope can be made the old-fashioned way and take a piece home with you.
Scavenger Hunts & Guessing Games
This year we will have various scavenger hunts and guessing games going on around the festival. The Miami County Farm Bureau will be hosting a farm scavenger hunt that will be both educational and fun! Pick up your list of things to find at the Farm Bureau booth located in the Bustling Barnyard or at the Information Booth. The first 100 people to complete the hunt each day get a prize. All participants will be entered to win a Farm Bureau/Miami County Parks Gift Basket. The Herb Society will also be doing a scavenger hunt this year! Visit their booth located in the Historic Homestead for more information. My Miami County will be hosting a "Guess the Giant Pumpkin's Weight" at their booth located in the Bustling Barnyard. The person that guesses the closest to the actual weight will win a prize - go to their booth for details and to enter your guess. Gardening is an experiment, this year the Park District did one of our own by building a potato box in which we planted potatoes. Look and the box located in the garden in between the Bustling Barnyard and Out Yonder to get some more background information. Then visit the Information Booth to submit you guess! The person with the closest guess will win a deluxe gardening gift basket from A.M. Leonard valued at $75. See 2016 Map* for all mentioned locations.
There are plenty of activities for children of all ages at the Fall Farm Fest. Here are some of the activities going on all weekend: farm animals, pony rides, pumpkin patch - with pumpkins from Fulton Farms and decorating available, kiddie straw maze, . Don't forget to check out our new addition, Child's Homestead, which will be located out by the cabin hosting a variety of activities including table and field games, dough making/rolling, corn grinding, play kitchen and wood working on Sunday only.
We will have plenty of fresh, delicious food on site at the festival. Please support our local businesses and organizations by stopping by to enjoy lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks!
Boy Scout Troop #365 - hot dogs, walking tacos, bbq chicken sandwiches, cookies and candy
Cumberland Kettle Corn - made on site, freshly popped kettle corn
Hickory River Smokehouse - pulled pork sandwiches and creamy mac & cheese
Kiwanis Club - apple and pumpkin pie, caramel apples, apple cider, coffee and hot chocolate
Kona Ice - variety of shaved ice
Mohawk Freestyle Grill - gourmet, made from scratch food including burgers, tacos and more
Nacho Pig - pulled pork nachos and chocolate covered bacon
Susie's Big Dipper - homemade ice cream, shakes, sundaes, chili and cornbread
Truck N Fire Pizza - fresh wood-fired pizza and subs
Food vendor spots are now full. If you are interested in becoming a food vendor for 2017, please check back for our application and guidelines in January of 2017.
We once again have some amazing, local vendors out at the Fall Farm Fest. They will be onsite all weekend with their hand crafted items and goods.
Indian Creek Distillery
Get your locally produced, Miami County maple syrup from Indian Creek Distillery at the Fall Farm Fest! They will have their amazing Stillhouse Maple Syrup and a few other assorted goodies…don’t miss out.
Live Life Years Younger Naturally
Kellie from Live Life Years Younger Naturally, will be joining us once again at the Fest. She will be providing organic and natural products including sourdough bread, pizza crusts, tortillas, granola and more!
Golden Queen Honey
You’ll be sure to want to purchase Golden Queen Honey produced in New Carlisle at the Fall Farm Fest…this amber honey placed second at this year’s Ohio State Fair!
The Olive Oasis
Olive Oasis will be back again with us at Fall Farm Fest! They will be selling their wonderful olive oils and vinegars…plus they even have samples.
Rosebud’s Ranch & Garden
We are so excited to welcome back Rosebud’s Ranch & Garden to the Fall Farm Fest. Amber will have her fruit butters, seasoning and more for sale. These products are all made the nourishing traditional way of course!
Virgil’s Fine Soaps
Enjoy Virgil’s Fine Soaps that are handcrafted and made in Virgil’s home near Tipp City! These soaps are immensely popular, and we are proud to have them at the Fall Farm Fest once again.
New this year to the Fall Farm Fest is Backyard Blessings! They will be sure to wow you with their refurbished windows, burlap wreaths and wood signs.
Miami County Herb Society
Don’t miss out on the Herb Society booth where they will have various demos and information for patrons…make sure to stop by!
Miami County Master Gardeners
Want to learn more about gardening? Look no further than the Miami County Master Gardeners! They will have a booth at the Fall Farm Fest and will be available throughout the weekend with a compost demonstration.
Make sure to get to the festival early to get your hands on these beauties from Chateau Farms! They usually sell out of all their mums before the end of the first day so plan accordingly.
Please welcome Winks Crafts to the Fest this year selling their various hand-crafted, home decor items!
Bob Cruikshank Forging
Bob Cruikshank and others will not only be doing forging demos throughout the weekend of Fall Farm Fest but will also be selling their various fall themed creations!
If you are interested in becoming a vendor for 2016 please review the guidelines and send in the 2016 Exhibitor Application by September 1, 2016 .
Adding to the festival’s ambiance are the musical performers. This year’s music portion of the festival will include everything from singer-songwriters and bluegrass to folk and soft rock. Each year we have been able to showcase talented local and regional musicians.
Saturday, October 8th
|12 - 12:50 pm ||Rob Whalen||Pond |
|1:10 - 2 pm ||Colin Richards||Back Forty |
|1:10 - 2 pm||Silver Grass||Pond |
|2:20 - 3:10 pm||Todd Oaks||Back Forty |
|2:20 - 3:10 pm ||Larry Lyons||Pond |
|3:30 - 4:20 pm ||Tim Manos ||Back Forty|
|3:30 - 4:20 pm ||Larry Lyons ||Pond|
|4:40 - 5:30 pm ||Jay Cullis ||Back Forty|
|4:40 - 5:30 pm ||Larry Lyons ||Pond|
|5:50 - 7 pm ||Jay Cullis ||Back Forty|
|5:30 - 7 pm ||Larry Lyons ||Pond|
Sunday, October 9th
|12 - 12: 50 pm ||Tim Manos||Back Forty|
|12 - 12:50 pm ||Larry Lyons||Pond |
|1:10 - 2 pm||Colin Richards||Back Forty |
|1:10 - 2 pm ||Mike Sedmak||Pond |
|2:20 - 3:10 pm ||Rum River Blend||Back Forty |
|2:20 - 3:10 pm ||Larry Lyons||Pond |
|3:30 - 5 pm ||Todd Oaks||Back Forty |
|3:30 - 5 pm ||Larry Lyons||Pond |
This event would not be possible without the support from our many sponsors. Thank You!
Stillwater Technologies, Troy Elevator - Mennel, Family Farm & Home - Piqua, Jordan Peterson - Edward Jones Financial Advisor, A.M. Leonard, My Miami County and Cracker Barrel - Piqua