Fall Harvest Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Lake Girl With Pumpkin
Photos: Al Susinskas and Lake Metroparks

By Mimi Vanderhaven

What would fall be without a wander through a corn maze, a bracing cup of hot apple cider and pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins…more than 700, but who’s counting? Darlings, you’ll find all that and more at the Fall Harvest Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

Mimi caught up with Events Manager Andy McGovern to get the scoop on this year’s festivities.

“Although our 3-acre corn maze is bigger and more challenging this year, it’s still perfect for kids and families,” he says.

For those who manage to find their way out, four autumn-themed weekends include hands-on demonstrations, learning opps to discover how our food is grown and processed, and a celebration of all things fall.

September 24–25
Horsepower Weekend. Andy says they explore horsepower in two ways: In terms of tractor and car engines and of draft horses. Experience horsepower firsthand as you take the reins behind one of the Farmpark’s beautiful draft teams, with the guidance of Farmpark staff. You can also sit on Farmpark’s tractors—a great photo opportunity.

October 1–2
Apple Butter & Cider Weekend. Learn how to traditionally harvest apples, make cider and apple butter, as well as take a lazy stroll on the Johnny Appleseed Trail. Strung along this half-mile path that wraps around the science center are signs featuring fascinating facts such as why bees are so important. Take a break to savor apple cider served cold, frozen or hot. On Sunday, enjoy apple-themed cooking demonstrations. Bon appetit!

October 8–9 and 15–16
Corn and Pumpkin Weekends. One of the most popular attractions, this theme has been around for more than 25 years. Partake in pumpkin picking, pumpkin painting (additional fee), corn husking and a host of splendid crafts and activities.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland. For more information visit Lakemetroparks.com/events. The maze is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through October 16, weather permitting. The maze and harvest activities are included with Farmpark admission ($8, with discounts for seniors and children ages 2 to 11); members enter free.