Look for silver and gold this year in Burke’s Garden for the 25th year of the Fall Festival, to be held this Saturday, September 29th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. According to event chairman Mike Bell, “It’s the silver anniversary, and there is sure to be golden fall foliage to provide a warm welcome for visitors to The Garden.”
“This year we are making the festival really special with several new features, including a 1700’s pioneer encampment calling to mind James Burke’s original visit, live music, storytelling, kids’ activities, geocaching and much more.” The Community Association has assembled an active group of volunteers who have been planning and preparing for this year’s event all year.
Of course, the festival has always featured homemade, homegrown, and handmade items to celebrate the harvest, and this year is no exception. Delicious food, autumn decorations, high quality crafts, fresh produce, beautiful quilts, tasty apple butter, and gorgeous scenery are the hallmarks of this annual event. The Community Center and Burke’s Garden Methodist Church provide the hub of activity, but don’t miss an opportunity to drive the loops guided by the new painted quilt squares on several barns to take in pumpkins and gourds at Wolf’s Lair Farm, camels and llamas at Lost World Ranch, and a remarkable view at the historic cemetery at Burke’s Garden Lutheran Church.
The Community Association has added a website, www.burkesgardenfallfestival.com, and a Facebook page with the schedule on-line. Printed brochures are available at many locations too, including Crab Orchard Museum and J.R.’s Convenience Store. Commemorative 25th Anniversary t-shirts will be available for sale at the festival.
Admission is free, but donations to the Burke’s Garden Fire Department are encouraged for their part in directing parking near the Community Center, which is the old Burke’s Garden School. For more information contact Mike Bell, 276-472-2565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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