Hudson — The weather was perfect for spending an afternoon outside, and plenty of people enjoyed the grounds of Case-Barlow Farm, 1931 Barlow Road, on Sept. 10 to celebrate the annual Fall Harvest Fest.
Around 1,500 guests, dozens of volunteers and generous donors made the afternoon possible, said Barbara Bos, CBF Board of Trustee member.
“The big hits were the animals, donkeys, alpacas, chickens, hay ride and horse ride,” Bos said.
The historic Case-Barlow Farm was founded in 1814 by Chauncey and Cleopatra Case. Their son, Lora Case, was friends with abolitionist John Brown of Harper's Ferry fame. Since 1996, the farm has been owned by the Case-Barlow Farm Inc., a non-profit organization created to preserve and restore the historic property.
Eva Sweet, 5, of Hudson, and Landon Flessner, 6, of Stow, learned to dip candles. Eli Amar, 3, of Hudson practiced milking a “cow” and Sterling Meeker, 7, of Hudson, tried his hand at sawing a log.
In addition, children learned the old-fashioned way to wash clothes and shell corn.
Jessica Irwin of Hudson said her children enjoyed the pumpkin bowling, dunking for apples and biting an apple off a fork while swinging on a string.
“Once again the games were a great success with duck races, Hudson Hoppers and ‘ride'em and rope'em’ and high strikers, just like at the county fairs,” Bos said.
Visitors could ride a horse, feed a goat or handle a snake.
Melissa Creamer of Aurora said it was her first time attending the festival — and the first time for her daughter, Taylor, 6, to ride a horse without her mother beside her.
“We enjoy how much we have locally,” said Melissa Gotts of Hudson, while her son, Chase Gotts, 2, fed the goats.
Katie Presutti, 7, of Cuyahoga Falls, showed no fear as she let a python wrap around her arms.
“It's a nice fall tradition,” said Sharon Wasco of Hudson. “With three kids and two grandparents, its a family affair.”
Inside the farmhouse visitors watched chair caning and learned how to make “bobbin lace” or “shuttle tatting” from the Lacers of the Lake from Warren, Ohio.
JOANN Stores Inc. had samples of projects children and adults can make in their classes, including crocheted trick or treat bags, loom hats and quilting projects.
Case-Barlow Farm also celebrated World War I's anniversary and showcased Case-Barlow Farm handyman Clayton Woodworth, whose room is decorated in the time period of 1917.
Winners of the “Just Desserts” competition were Jill Griffiths for the adult category with an apricot and chocolate upside down cake and Elliot Dupan for the children's category with a cinnamon cake.
Upcoming events include the Hudson Community Education and Recreation programs, such as Susan Canavino portraying Eleanor Roosevelt and discussing her lifelong support of America's service men and women, on Oct. 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
In 2018 Case-Barlow Farm will introduce the Family Farm Club with free monthly events for member such as tobogganing on the Barn Bank, Maple Tree Tapping, Easter Egg Hunt, May Pole Dance and more. To join, go to casebarlow.com or call 330-650-0591 for details.