Archived Story

Russell Lands brings Fall Festival this weekend

Published 11:55am Friday, October 26, 2012

Russell Crossroads will be a family affair this Saturday.

Families are invited to the annual Russell Lands Fall Festival from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a scavenger hunt, pie baking contest, pumpkin decorating and pony rides.

“It’s been an awful lot of fun in the past,” said Russell Lands Director of Events Robert Gunn. “There will be a lot of neat things going on, and people really look forward to pony rides and hay rides.”

Gunn said the cost of admission is $25 per family and will include one pumpkin and refreshments. Families can take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to select their perfect pumpkin and then decorate it or use it for the head of a scarecrow.

Old clothes will be available for use in building a scarecrow, but Gunn said families are also welcome to bring items from home.

Families can work together to construct a scarecrow, and a scarecrow competition will be held on The Green. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

“That’s the best part for me – seeing an entire family make a plan and work together to make it happen,” Gunn said. “It’s really cool afterwards to see what some people come up with. The creativity is amazing.”

The competition won’t end with scarecrows; the pie-baking contest will debut this year.

“This is something new that we’d like to see grow to include jellies and pickles in the future,” Gunn said. “We want to encourage people to pull out Grandma’s recipes and make us something delicious.”

Gunn said judging will be held between 12:30 – 1 p.m. so they encourage participants to have pies there by noon.

A scavenger hunt will be held throughout the day and will take families to the grist mill and to a live demonstration of a blacksmith.

For those wanting to learn more about nature, Russell Lands Naturalist Marianne Hudson will present a display in the Naturalist Cabin and will be walking around with a European eagle owl.

“It’s a great way to spend a Saturday as a family,” Gunn said.

For more information on the festival visit