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MetroParks Farm celebrates end of summer

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Friday, October 4, 2013

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Mill Creek MetroParks Farm staff member David Westphal (back) helped Madyson and Logan Cikosh crush apples to make cider in the old fashioned cider press at Sunset at the Farm Sept. 14.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Attendees of Mill Creek MetroParks Farm’s Sunset at the Farm could take a horse-drawn hayride to enjoy spectacular farm views.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Kim Burin, a Mill Creek MetroParks volunteer, dressed as the Scarecrow from “The Wizard of Oz” to direct visitors through the corn maze at Sunset at the Farm Sept. 14.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.After Reagan Cvetkovic found the colored squares in the needle in a haystack game at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm’s Sunset at the Farm, she rushed out of the hay to claim her prize.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Taking full advantage of a beautiful fall evening, Mill Creek MetroParks Farm celebrated the end of summer with its annual Sunset at the Farm Sept. 14, with several activities offered for visitors of all ages.

Activities for the evening included horse-drawn hayrides, a cornfield maze, grain grinding, cider pressing and apple butter stirring, face painting and temporary tattoos. Folk singer Jon Mosey entertained attendees as they roasted marshmallows by the campfires and enjoyed a taste of apple cider, all compliments of Mill Creek MetroParks Farm.

Children’s activities included old fashioned games such as a sack race and needle in the haystack hunt, during which children searched through hay for colored squares which then corresponded to the prize they could choose from the prize table.

All animal barns and the Agventure Barn were also open so attendees could visit the animals of the farm and check out the farm’s educational exhibits.

A Youngstown-themed O gauge model train display from the Western Reserve Modular Railway Club was set up in McMahon Hall for children of all ages to enjoy.

Several Mill Creek Metroparks volunteers were on hand to help in every aspect of the event, including running the children’s games, supervising on the hayrides, directing visitors to the activities, handing out marshmallows and cider and keeping the campfires roaring.„ÄÄ


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