Friday, September 21, 2012
By ABBY SLANKER
White House Fruit Farm celebrated the beginning of the fall season by hosting its 30th annual Craft Show and Harvest Festival on Sept. 15-16, featuring a combination of fun and food for the entire family.
A craft show was hosted on the grounds of the farm and around the lake with 62 vendors from across the region. Visitors also enjoyed several outdoor events, including horse-drawn wagon rides through the orchards, food, fall candy and plenty of activities for the children, including a petting zoo, a children’s play area, a corn maze and a giant inflatable caterpillar to crawl through.
“There are plenty of fall favorites, including fresh apples, cider, pumpkins and mums, both inside the market and on the grounds. This is a wonderful time of the year,” said White House Fruit Farm owner Debbie Pifer.
Pifer expected 6,000-7,000 people to attend the festival throughout the weekend.
Inside the 10,000 square-foot market was the usual fare, including pies, doughnuts, cookies, homemade fudge and seasonal produce. Outside, visitors could purchase caramel and candy apples and could also make-their-own caramel apple with several toppings available. Food carts offering whole chickens, hot dogs, corn dogs, French fries and lemonade also drew large crowds.
The event also marked the opening of the farm’s pumpkin pavilion, which included a pumpkin painter.
Several large round hay bales were painted to look like jack-o-lanterns, Frankenstein and a cottage, and were placed around the grounds and provided photo opportunities for visitors.
To help deal with getting visitors in and out quickly, Beaver and Greenford Township Boy Scouts troops directed cars to parking areas and exits. Members of the Greenford Ruritan also helped direct traffic.
Fall outdoor events will continue every weekend through Oct. 21. Fall hours are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Additional information is available at whitehousefruitfarm.com.