THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT ON SEPTEMBER 20TH TO ENJOY THE NINTH ANNUAL HARVEST EVENT!

SAVE-THE-DATE!

Historic Yates Mill County Park will hold its 10th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This free, family-oriented event usually includes corn-grinding tours of the historic Yates Mill building with costumed interpreters, a children's "pumpkin pass" scavenger hunt activity, games for all ages, live performances, community displays, hand-craft demonstrations and sales, antique vehicle and tool displays, food vendors and more! 

Want to participate as an artisan, vendor or performer?
Call our Program Director at 919-856-5635 to discuss the possibilities!


CONFIRMED EVENT FEATURES 

 

Performances:

  • Yates Mill Elementary School's Earth Tones Chorus – 11:30 a.m.–noon, Amphitheater
  • Terry Rollins, Storyteller of NC Folktales & Farm Lore – Noon–1 p.m., Amphitheater
  • Osei Appiagyei, African Drumming, Dancing & Story-telling – 1–3 p.m., Amphitheater
  • The Kudzu Ramblers, Bluegrass & Old-time Music – 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Center Porch
  • Sandbox Family Fun Band – 1–3 p.m., Center Porch
  • Sammy the Squirrel – time and location varies
 

Food Vendors:

  • Jonesy's Concessions & Catering
  • La Farm Bakery
  • Papa Murphy's of Cary
 

Contests:

  • Cornmeal Cake Baking Contest
 

Artisans:

  • Brenda Taylor, Mucho Mud Pottery/Sales
  • Carrie Jones, Jewelry Making
  • Chanelle Corpening, Old-fashioned Soap-Making/Sales
  • NC Artist Blacksmith Association, Blacksmithing/Small Ironwork Sales
  • Patricia Matthews, Long Needle Pine Basket-making
  • Tony D'Amico, Gourd Carving and Painting
  • Twisted Threads Fiber Arts Guild, Carding and Spinning
 

Make-and-Take Crafts:

  • Corn Kernel Thumbprint Craft
  • Leaf Puppets and Fall Butterfly Craft
  • Harvest-time Bracelets
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Wheat Weaving Ornaments
 

Games:

  • Corncob Darts
  • Cornhole
  • Horseshoes
  • Old-time Toys – Cup-and-Ball Toss, Bilbo Catchers, Jacob's Ladder & Buzz Saws
  • Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss
  • Pumpkin and Squash Bowling
 

Races:

  • Colonial Hoop-and-Stick Races
  • Hobby Horse Races
  • Single and Double Sack Races
  • Obstacle Course – w/Snake Rope, Hula Hoops and Jump Ropes
 

Community Activities:

  • American Red Cross First Aid Station
  • Cane Pole Fishing with NC State University's Student Fisheries Society Students
  • Joel Lane Museum House
  • NC State University Agro-ecology Demonstration Farm
  • NC State University Dairy Enterprise System
  • NC State University Biological Field Laboratories
  • Vickie Corpening, Antique/Vintage Book Sales
  • Wake County Farm Bureau, Milking Demo with "Bernice" (a fake cow)
  • Yates Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
 

Static Displays:

  • Corncob Photo Stand-in
  • Tractor Photo Opportunity
  • Corn Detective & Wheel of Fortune Activities
  • Bushel Guess Contest
  • Harvest-time Songs & Historic Photographs Slide Show
  • Raleigh Heritage Trail Passport Program
  • Wake County Parks Display & Exhibits
  • Yates Mill Elementary School, Student Art Display
 

Historic Yates Mill Yard & Building:

  • Corn Shelling Demonstration
  • Corn Grinding Demonstrations & Costumed Mill Tours (fee: $3–$5) 
  • Yates Mill Associates' Mill Merchandise & Stone-Ground Cornmeal Sales
  • Yates Mill Associates' Community Hand-Craft Sales