PrairieHeightswill roll out the welcome mat for the 40th Annual Heritage Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the school farm. The festival offers a great afternoon of entertainment, activities for all ages, horse-drawn wagon tours of the school farm, and lots of good food. Admission is free.
The community’s heritage will be demonstrated by various craftsmen. Come watch woodworking, wool spinning, quilting, apple butter making, sawmill demonstrations, and lots of tasty treats cooked over a fire.
L.I.F.E. (LaGrange Independent Foundation for Endowments) is sponsoring a pumpkin decorating contest for all ages. Contest divisions are elementary grades, middle school (grades 5-8), and high school and older. Enter a decorated pumpkin at the pavilion from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each pumpkin will have a jar to collect votes (money) from the public from noon until 4 p.m. The top three pumpkins will be announced at 4:30 p.m. and will collect a cash prize. All money collected from voting will be used by L.I.F.E. to fund youth improvement projects in LaGrange County.
New this year is old-time photos taken by P.H. Supporting Cast. They will have many different costumes to choose from for some great family photos near the covered bridge.
Other activities for the festival include an antique tractor pull, mini golf, old-fashioned cane pole fishing, cornhole, a walk on the nature trail, and a pedal tractor pull for children ages 10 and younger that will begin at 2 p.m. in the pole barn.
On the menu for the afternoon is pulled pork, pork burgers, BBQ chicken, hot dogs, taco in a bag, apple fritters, caramel apples, apple dumplings, New Brunswick stew, lots of home baked goods, cracklins, maple creams, cider, ice cream, and much more.
Live entertainment at the general store stage starts at 11 a.m. and will feature the Stroh Church of God Praise Band, John Getz and his guitar, the Prairie Heights choir, band, dance team, and drama club, Icing Quartet, and Magic Squares western square dance group. The 2012 Mighty Oak awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m.
PrairieHeightsis located at the corner of US 20 and CR 1150E. Festival visitors may park in the school parking lot between the high school and middle school. A tractor shuttle system will provide a hayride back to the school farm. Handicapped parking is available up the hill from the pole barn at the school farm. If you can climb up three steps to get on and off the tractor shuttle, it is better to take the shuttle since it delivers visitors to the bottom of the hill by the red barns.
The Heritage Festival is a community service activity of the Prairie Heights FFA with help from Prairie Heights FFA alumni and friends, L.I.F.E., Stroh and Orland Lions clubs, Steuben County Antique Power Association, and many area farmers. Steuben County REMC Operation Round-up and the Steuben County Community Foundation has provided additional funding this year.