If you ordered your tickets early and are heading to the Harvest celebration at Newfields this weekend, SCORE! I will fill you in on what to look forward to in just a moment.
- If you missed out on the opportunity to get tickets this year, here are a few things to help soften the blow:
- It IS coming back next year, so make a note to mark your 2020 calendar, You won’t want to miss it!
- It WILL last more than four days next year, so you will have even more chances to enjoy the celebration.
- Beginning October 8th of this year, you can visit Newfields to enjoy Fall in the gardens and still get to experience many of the pumpkin displays from the Harvest celebration.
This was the first year of the Harvest celebration at Newfields and they outdid themselves! This event covers everyone, from family outings to date nights. There is Pure Fun for families, live animals, apple treats, tons of photo opportunities, live music, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, a beer garden, a chance to interact face-to-face with local farmers, brewers, and distillers.
In Pure Fun, almost all activities are included in admission. Here you can make seed bombs that contain Indiana native wildflowers, use potatoes and apples to paint stamp a tea towel souvenir, and create a bird feeder garland from cranberries, popcorn, and twine. You can also choose a pumpkin for $5 and decorate it. (All supplies are included in the fee.) You can go through a hay maze or jump on a giant inflatable pumpkin bounce pad. A release form is needed for the bounce pad and it is available for ages 5-15. (Also, don’t forget your socks! They are a requirement for this attraction.) In the hay maze, all participants 10 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.
There are plenty of areas to relax in the Pure Fun area, including tables and chairs off to the side, as well as couches running the length of the area between the hay maze and the bounce pad. There are also hammocks, corn hole, a large Connect 4 set, and additional seating in the open area adjacent to Pure Fun.
After conquering all the attractions here, we headed over to the Apples and Farm Animals area. Here we found lots of cute stands for photo opportunities from McClure’s Orchard. McClure’s had a honey tasting station set up toward the entrance. (It was apple blossom clover honey and it tasted like heaven.) They also had two working bee hives for observation nearby. Further down, there was an area to observe and interact with farm animals. We were able to hold some super cuddly bunnies, a sweet baby goat, and some people were attempting to hold a squirmy baby pig. A miniature pony there loved to be petted, a potbelly pig snored the entire time we were there, and the duck, turkey, and goose just wanted to be observed from a distance. There were honey and apple stands in this area, where you could purchase all sorts of treats to take home or eat there, including jars of honey, honey suckers, sliced apples and caramel, apple cider to be purchased by the glass or gallon, and apple cider slushies.
We stopped by the beer garden to check it out and there were several local beers to try. This area was child friendly, and had a cafe style structure in the middle, where you could order giant pretzels and non-alcoholic beverages, in addition to the other offerings of the area. There is a garden area to explore in the beer garden that was constructed as a visual centerpiece for the site, but will be disassembled and the plants will find more permanent homes on the grounds once the Harvest celebration comes to an end.
The Culinary Village was filled with so many amazing food vendors, I wanted to try something from all of them. This area also had ample intimate seating and the main seating area featured live music. Oliver Winery was also on-site offering free tastings.
Further down, they had the Culinary Stage, which is scheduled all weekend with incredible chefs talking technique and dish preparation. When we wandered along, they were discussing the best preparation for duck as an entree. It is definitely something to check out, if cooking is your forte or you would like to learn more.
You scored a major discount on tickets by purchasing them in advance online. Online prices were $5 each for member youth ages 6-18 and adult, $20 for general public adult, $12 for general public youth, and children 5 and under are free across the board. Ticket prices at the door increased by $5 in every category, except member youth. They also offered a $25 pumpkin package deal. This included two pumpkins to paint, a shareable large pretzel from the beer gardens, sliced apples with caramel, and a canvas tote bag. If you didn’t get this package and do not intend to, I highly recommend coming with a bag to carry all the goodies you are going to get here!
We had a blast at this celebration and are already looking forward to returning next year!