Please note that the 2018 Harvest Celebration and all other weekend activities (on September 15 and 16) have been cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

Join us for bushels of fun at Historic Yates Mill County Park's 13th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The event is free!


Note that event parking will be located at the NC State University Beef Cattle Barn off Mid Pines Road, less than one mile north of the park. Two free shuttles will be running between this location and the park between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.


The historic mill will be open for half-hour corn-grinding tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are $5 per adult, $4 for seniors (60+) and $3 for students (7–16). Children age 6 and under are free. Proceeds directly support the mill.


  • Howling Cow Ice Cream (Yates Mill Associates Fundraiser)
  • Jonesey's Catering & Concessions
  • La Farm Bakery – unfortunately they canceled on us
  • Movie-Style Popcorn (Yates Mill Associates Fundraiser)
  • The Bandido


  • Country Dancing with YOU! (mill yard at noon)
  • Kudzu Ramblers/Bluegrass & old-time music (park center porch)
  • Osei Appiagyei/African drumming, dancing & storytelling (amphitheater)
  • Sandbox Family Fun Band (park center porch)
  • Terry Rollins/Storyteller of NC Folktales & Farm Lore (amphitheater)
  • Yates Mill Elementary School Earth Tones Choir (amphitheater)


  • Face-Painting & Balloon Animals with "Maidens & Monsters Face & Body Art"



  • Brenda Taylor, Mucho Mud Pottery/Sales
  • Carrie Jones, Jewelry-making from Recycled Materials/Sales
  • Center for Human-Earth Restoration
  • Chanelle Corpening, Old-fashioned Soap-making/Sales
  • City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department
  • CompostNow 
  • Elizabeth Royal, Fantasy Felting & More/Sales
  • Joel Lane Museum House, Local History/Sales
  • North Carolina Artist-Blacksmiths Association
  • NC State Aquatic Epidemiology & Conservation Lab
  • NC State Agroecology Education Farm
  • NC State University Dairy Enterprise System
  • NC Wood Carving Association
  • Patricia Matthews, Long Needle Pine Baskets/Sales
  • Twisted Threads Fiber Arts Guild, Spinning Demos
  • Vickie Corpening, Daisy's Vintage Books & What Nots/Sales
  • Wake Audubon Society
  • Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
  • Yates Mill Associates, Mill Merchandise/Cornmeal/Crafts & Bake Sales
  • Yates Mill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution


  • Corn Shelling
  • Tractors (Wake County Parks & NC State University Field Laboratories)
  • Vintage Cars (Triangle Chapter of the American Automobile Club of America)
  • Whiskey Still


  • Bushel Guess Contest (indoor)
  • Corncob Darts
  • Corn Detective (indoor)
  • Cornhole
  • Corn Starch Goo
  • Game of Quoits
  • Gourd Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Hay Hunt
  • Horseshoes
  • Hula Hoops
  • Milk Bottle Toss
  • Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss
  • Pumpkin Bowling
  • Ring Toss
  • Snake Rope
  • Tug of War
  • Waterwheel of Fortune (indoor)


  • Bilbo Catchers
  • Buzz Saw
  • Cup-and-Ball Toss
  • Game of Graces
  • Jacob’s Ladder


  • Hobby Horses
  • Hoop-and-Stick
  • Single & Double Sack
  • Three-Legged


  • Corn Kernel Thumbprints
  • Harvest-time Bracelets
  • Leaf Puppets
  • Paper Bag Crows
  • Pumpkin Painting (Wake County will give away 160 pumpkins for this) 
  • Woven Wheat Ornaments


  • Parking Lot Shuttle Stop
  • Open Field near Amphitheater
  • Front Entrance Info & Volunteer Check-in
  • Finley Center Exhibit Hall
  • Finley Center Back Porch
  • Mill Yard near Corn Sheller