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Brown Family Environmental Center Harvest Festival offers fun for all ages

GAMBIER, Ohio — The Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC) at Kenyon College celebrates the turning of the seasons with the 2018 Fall Harvest Festival, held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 12-4 p.m.

Horse-drawn hayrides, farm animals, apple cider, a campfire and more await festivalgoers at the annual celebration, located at the 500-acre nature preserve at 9781 Laymon Road. Children will enjoy a medley of interactive events, including a chronophotography exhibit hosted by the Mount Vernon-based Science Play-space Initiative. Ohio State University Extension Master Gardeners will also be on hand to help attendees decorate pumpkins.

Trucking Delicious, a Centerburg-based food truck, will serve up a blend of American, Caribbean and Latin American flavors. Jerk chicken and pulled pork sandwiches, garden wraps, loaded fries and more will be available for purchase. Down to Earth Natural Foods and Yellowbird Foodshed, local providers of natural and organic foods, will also offer fresh produce and informative exhibits.

Live, fall-themed performances from folk and country bands Goslee Reed and Kean, The Handsome Devils, and Citrus Orchards will accompany the autumn colors.

“We’ll have lots of fun, entertaining activities related to fall to get visitors in the spirit of the season,” said Maddie Morgan, post-baccalaureate fellow at the BFEC. “It’s a time to come and relax, eat good food, listen to good music, and see different community members and their products. It’s a nice way to spend a Saturday.”

Photographs from the 21st annual Knox County Nature Photography Contest will be on display at the festival, and attendees are invited to vote on their favorite submissions from noon-2 p.m. The winner of the “people’s choice” vote, along with winners of the children’s, adult and student divisions, will be announced at the festival. Photo entries will be accepted until Monday, Oct. 15.

For more information, contact Maddie Morgan at 740-427-5421 or Questions regarding the photography contest can be directed to Jill Kerkhoff at 740-427-5053 or

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