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September 12
​It’s Almost Fall, Y’all: Kick off the Season at Annual Harvest Celebration

If this week’s warm weather has you ready to say “so long” to summer, we’ve got good news—fall is just around the corner. And there’s no better way to kick off the season than at Historic Yates Mill County Park’s 14th annual Fall Harvest Celebration.


The event, which takes place from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, features an agricultural focus and explores seasonal changes on a farm. Wind your way through the park and discover bushels of family-friendly fun, including: 

  • Historic trades and demonstrations
  • Handmade arts and crafts
  • Live music and performers
  • Field games and old-time races
  • Farm tools, tractors and vintage cars
  • Food vendors
  • A fun scavenger hunt

Historic Yates Mill, Wake County’s last operable water-powered gristmill, will be open from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. for half-hour tours and corn-grinding demonstrations conducted by costumed interpreters. While the Fall Harvest Celebration is a free event, regular fees still apply for tours. Tours are $5 per adult, $4 for seniors (60+) and $3 for students (7–16). Children 6 years old and younger are free.

Volunteers from the nonprofit group Yates Mill Associates will sell Yates Mill stone-ground cornmeal, mill merchandise, donated handmade crafts, freshly popped movie-style popcorn and NC State University Howling Cow ice cream. All proceeds support the mill’s ongoing operation and maintenance.

Parking will be available off Mid Pines Road near the NC State University Beef Cattle building, and a free shuttle will transport visitors to and from the event. The shuttle will run from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call Historic Yates Mill County Park at 919-856-6675 or visit wakegov.com/fallharvestcelebration.  

About Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space strives to provide outdoor recreation and educational opportunities while promoting environmental and cultural stewardship through a managed system of parks and open spaces. In 2018, more than 1.3 million people visited Wake County’s 10 parks and nature preserves. 

To learn more about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovParks. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook.


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