KINGSTON TWP. — After a two-year hiatus, The Lands at Hillside Farms will hold its annual Fall Fest this Saturday and Sunday.
The annual festival was on hold due to ongoing bridge construction on Hillside Road, said event organizer Guy Kroll.
“The last Fall Festival was held in 2014,” he said.
Now that bridge repairs are complete, the farm-family event will return with a lot of vendors and activities, including animals painting.
That’s right: Animals that paint!
The farm’s pigs and chickens will showcase their creative side and paint, Kroll said with laughter in his voice.
Kroll said it is the first time the nonprofit will try such an activity. He assures the four-legged artists’ safety and well-being will be a priority.
Fall Fest will run noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown.
There is a $10 fee to park but no admission fee to the fair, Kroll said. Some activities such as face painting, pumpkin painting and pony rides will have a small participation fee, he noted.
All proceeds raised from the Fall Fest will benefit The Lands at Hillside Farms Education Department, which hosts a variety of community events throughout the year, including class trips and programs such as a Grief Camp, Kroll said.
The event will offer a small hay maze for young children, a wagon ride through The Lands at Hillside Farms’ fields and over 30 vendors.
“The number of vendors goes up every day,” he said. “We have a lot of artists coming.”
The 24th Connecticut Militia Regiment will set up a Revolutionary War encampment depicting life during the era as well as a muzzle-loader firing display.
“There is a man who puts on a demonstration as a (Revolutionary War) surgeon,” said Kroll.
Guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the farms’ residents as some sheep and calves will be led around the festival by volunteers.
Kroll said a lumber demonstration will show how a log is cut into lumber, and a wood carver will exhibit his steady hand with a chainsaw.
Live musical entertainment will be provided by K-8 on Saturday and Totem Pole on Sunday.