Harvest spirit celebrated this weekend

October 22, 2013 by  

Rancho Los Alamitos will be the site for this year’s Spirit of the Harvest, offering a full day of experiencing the local history. Guests can learn how the original families of decades gone by farmed the land and contributed to the community while enjoying the activities included.

Entertainment features The California Cowboy Band performing, along with poetry readings and fascinating storytelling. Trick roping will be demonstrated as well to enhance the overall cowboy feel of this segment.

The event will divide areas based on the era of the particular activity. ‘The Home Place’ will present activities from 1878-1930, including barnyard games, blacksmithing, sheepshearing, fiber crafts, pony rides, petting zoo animals, antique farm machinery, and the simple tools used in that period.

In the 1880 section, dairy farming will be presented, along with the opportunity to make a bag of ice cream. Cheese tasting will also be part of this feature.

Moving into the 1896 period, sugar beet farmers will be examined and the sugar beet factory will offer free samples of sweet cotton candy.

Tenant farming families producing alfalfa, barley, and wheat, along with fruit and vegetables will appear in the 1900-1930 zone. A scavenger hunt will be part of the fun.

Banner printing is often an essential part of preparing for outdoor events like this. Local print companies work with many organizers in preparing materials needed to properly manage festivals and events.

The event takes place on October 27 from noon until 4:30 pm at Rancho Los Alamitos Ranch and Gardens. Admission is free and so is parking.