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Harvest Celebration at Museum on October 19

TIFTON—Visitors can go back to the 19th century, and children can chomp on a free caramel apple on Oct. 19 when the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College presents “Harvest Celebration”.   This event is a part of Fall Frolics, a month-long celebration of the season with different themed events every Saturday in October.

Corn shelling, open hearth cooking, traditional children’s games, face painting, hay rides and live music are just a few of the activities planned at the Museum for the “Harvest Celebration”. At the Museum’s Country Store the Tiftarea Autoclub will hold a vintage car cruise. Throughout the Historic Village guests can watch preservation demonstrations taking place, and children will enjoy free caramel apples while they tour the site and learn about life without electricity or cell phones.  

The new exhibit, “Back Roads of Georgia”, will open as part of the “Harvest Celebration” festivities at The Gallery of the GMA.  A competition was held during the summer to determine the top seven essays and photographs on the theme. All the photography entered in the competition will be exhibited, along with the top-scoring essays.  The “Back Roads of Georgia” exhibit will remain on display at The Gallery until Jan. 25, 2014.

Fall Frolics will culminate with the Trick or Treat in the Village on Oct. 26.  Children and ghouls can climb the Monster Spider Web, participate in the Costume Contest, and listen to scary stories from the Village Crone.

The Wiregrass Farmers Market also opens each Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon near the Country Store at the main entrance to the Museum. The Market offers a variety of fresh and local fall produce.

Other activities during each Saturday in October include the pumpkin patch, corn maze and face painting.  The pumpkin patch and corn maze will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The pumpkin patch is located at the Country Store near the entrance to the Museum.  The corn maze is in a new location this year behind the Wesley Chapel in the Historic Village.  Both areas are included in the Museum and Historic Village admission price. Train rides featuring the 1917 steam locomotive are also available every Saturday.

Admission to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village on Tuesday-Friday is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (age 55 and over), $4 for children 5-16 years of age, and free for children four and under. Saturday admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (age 55 and over), $5 for children 5-16 years of age, and free for children four and under. 

For more information on these and other upcoming events, interested persons can contact the Museum at (229) 391-5205 or visit the Museum’s website at www.abac.edu/museum.
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