Celebrate the season at Harvest Fest at Shaker Village

Celebrate the season at Harvest Fest at Shaker Village

Posted at 11:39 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022


Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill will host its annual Harvest Fest event this weekend.

The event, sponsored by Foundation Risk Partners, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. This family-friendly fall celebration is fun and offers something for everyone.

Activities include wagon rides, pumpkin painting, pony rides, haystack climbing, farm games, archery and a hay maze. Shoppers can buy local honey, bread, jams and more at the on-site Harvest Market. Farm animals will be in the enclosures to interact with visitors.

The event also offers a unique learning environment with heritage demonstrations on apple cider pressing, sorghum milling, hemp working and blacksmithing.

Live musical performances will be featured throughout the event. Food trucks will be present for lunch and snacks, as well as an outdoor bar for adult drinks. Other dining options include reservations at The Trustees’ Table Restaurant and take-out selections from the Post Office Shop.

Admission to Harvest Fest is included with general admission to Shaker Village, which provides access to tours and historical exhibits. Admission is $14 for ages 13-61, $7 for ages 6-12, and $10 for seniors, first responders, and active military. Admission is free for children 5 and under.

Shaker Village also hosts fall events every weekend in September and October:

• Hayrides – Hop on a hayride and learn how the beliefs of the Shakers have defined their community. Every Friday and Saturday from September to October at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $5. from 6 years old and free for children under 5 years old.

• Spirit Strolls – Take a guided, lantern-lit walk to 1811 Shaker Cemetery. Along the way you’ll experience some of Pleasant Hill’s darkest moments and learn about the funerary traditions of this now extinct community. Every Friday and Saturday, September-October at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for annual pass holders and $15 for non-annual pass holders.

• Music on the Lawn – The Admin Lawn is the place to be every Friday and Saturday in the evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., September-October. Have a drink at the outdoor bar, gather around the fire pit and settle in for an outdoor concert by local and regional artists the musicians. Free entry.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a historic destination that shares 3,000 acres of discovery in the spirit of the Kentucky Shakers. With 34 original Shaker structures, the site houses the nation’s largest private collection of original 19th-century buildings and is Kentucky’s largest National Historic Landmark. On-site services at Pleasant Hill’s Shaker Village include overnight accommodation, food, beverage and catering services, three craft shops, exhibits in historic buildings, a farm and garden and 1,000 acres of restored native prairie.

For more information, visit shakervillageky.org or call 859.734.5411.

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