Fort Ticonderoga will host a Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival to celebrate the arrival of autumn. The event is slated for Saturday, Sept 29.
Fort Ticonderoga will host a Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival to celebrate the arrival of autumn.
The event is slated for Saturday, Sept 29.
“Join Fort Ticonderoga and the King’s Garden to celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of fall,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ti executive director. “Experience the power and thunder of hooves through demonstrations of equestrian sports and working horses; take part in family-fun activities including sack races; and explore the splendor of the King’s Garden at the annual plant sale and harvest market.”
The festival will get under way at 9:30 a.m. The plants sale and harvest market in the King’s Garden will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the “Heroic Corn Maze” will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“The day will not be complete without a visit to Fort Ticonderoga’s highly acclaimed ‘Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure’ where visitors explore the six-acre corn maze designed in the shape of the fort and find their way through the maze by selecting the correct answers to clues connected to the fort’s history,” Hill said.
Dr. Leonard Perry will speak in the King’s Garden at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be horse demonstrations at the garden at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Garden tours will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sack races will be contested at the garden at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
“The King’s Garden, a beautiful Colonial Revival garden built in celebration of the fort’s 18th-century garrison garden, will be alive with fall color and food during the festival,” Hill said. “The annual plant sale and harvest market will be set in the garden’s stunning autumn floral scenery. Get ready for your fall planting and decorating desires with an array of perennials, fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, gourds and other fall favorites.”
Perry, of the University of Vermont, will talk about planting garden bulbs and the art of forcing bulbs to bloom in winter in his presentation “A Planting Primer for Spring Bulbs.”
The festival will also feature favorite local vendors including Harrington’s Greenhouse, with pumpkins, winter squash and unique gourds; Herbanna’s assortment of dried herbs, dip mixes, and other spice blends; Champlain Orchard’s apples, vegetables, and cider; handmade baskets by the Mountain Weavers' Guild; and Cabot Cheese will offer tastings of a wide selection of cheeses.
“The Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival will also highlight the role of horses as part of Fort Ticonderoga’s and the Champlain Valley’s history,” Hill said. “From farm horses to cavalry mounts, visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of these beautiful four-legged animals and learn about their important role in the region’s history. Demonstrations taking place throughout the day include the production of hay bales with a 19th-century horse-powered hay press. Visitors will also see how cavalry troops used horses in battle and learn how horses were used in the traditional English sport of fox hunting.”
Also on tap that day will be guided tours of the fort at 10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. and musket demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For a complete event schedule visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 585-2821.