Prairie Heights will roll out the welcome mat for the 41st Heritage Festival from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, 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 food. Admission is free.
The community’s heritage will be demonstrated by many 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 decorated pumpkins 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 votes (proceeds) will be used by L.I.F.E. to fund youth improvement projects in LaGrange County.
New this year is a hay maze for children. It will be located by the mini-golf area and is free to all.
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, hot dogs, taco in a bag, ham and beans, chili, loaded baked potatoes, 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 begins with a flag raising at noon and will feature Mark Hamm, John Getz, the Prairie Heights choir, band, and drama club, Steve C. Hall, Magic Squares western square dance group, and Drive One8E.
The 2013 Mighty Oak awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m.
Prairie Heights is located at the corner of US 20 and CR 1150E. Festival visitors should park in the school parking lot between the high school and middle school. No parking will be allowed along US 20. A tractor shuttle system will provide a hayride back to the school farm. Handicapped parking is available back at the school farm located up the hill from the pole barn. 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 the Prairie Heights FFA Alumni and friends, L.I.F.E., Stroh and Orland Lions clubs, Steuben County Antique Power Association, and many area farmers. Additional funding this year is provided by Steuben County REMC Operation Round-up and the Steuben County Community Foundation.