J oin Fort Ticonderoga as it celebrates the sights, sounds, and tastes of fall on Saturday, Sept. 28.
The Heritage, Harvest and Horse Festival will feature a full day of autumn fun set in the midst of the King’s Garden’s heirloom apple trees and the beautiful Adirondack landscape.
Guests can experience the power and thunder of hooves through demonstrations of equestrian sports; take part in family fun activities including horse-drawn wagon rides and sack races; and explore the splendor of the King’s Garden at the harvest market.
“Set in the King’s Garden’s floral scenery will be a lively and colorful harvest market, plus games and activities for all,” said Heidi Karkoski, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Horticulture. “Get ready for fall culinary and decorating desires with an array of fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, gourds, jams and jellies, and other fall favorites.”
Guests to the Heritage, Harvest, and Horse Festival will hear expert advice from well-known herbalist and educator, Nancy Scarzello, who will present a 30-minute program offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. featuring the best ways to prepare roots, leaves and flowers for drying, freezing, and preserving for teas and seasonings all winter.
“The Heritage, Harvest, and Horse Festival will also feature demonstrations of equestrian sports and working horses alike,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Interpretation. “From farm horses to cavalry mounts, meet some of these beautiful four-legged animals as you tour around the Fort’s garrison grounds and gardens.”
Other activities include: live music from noon to 4 p.m.; delicious “localvore” food from Essex County’s DaCy Meadow Farm; kids’ heritage games and sack races; pony rides; petting zoo; butter making demonstrations; horse-drawn wagon rides; harvest market featuring locally grown and made products including artisanal cheese, hand-woven baskets, perennials and mums, produce, maple syrup, honey, apple products and more.
The fort’s Heroic Corn Maze will also be open.
Admission to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival is included with Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission ticket. Fort Ticonderoga is open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. For a complete event schedule visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.