Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches, Fiendish Good Haunts and Harvestfest

Lots for families, chillseekers and classic car lovers to do as fall arrives in Harrodsburg, Ky.
Romping through Devine’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch/Photo: Clay Jackson, HMCTC
Romping through Devine’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch/Photo: Clay Jackson, HMCTC
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Aug. 17, 2012 - PRLog -- Harrodsburg, Ky., is doing everything but jumping into the leaf pile for fall fun this year: Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, haunted tours and Harvestfest at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill headline the fun, along with a car show, an arts festival and suppers in secret locations.

Click for Harrodsburg’s Calendar of Events.

Fall fun for the friendly

Let the kids romp through the kiddy corn maze at Devine’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch and select their perfect pumpkin to take home and decorate. Other fun: hay maze, straw crawl, petting area and a nightly bonfire with free marshmallow roasting. Shop for mums, pumpkins, gourds and cushaws. Sept. 14-Oct. 31,

The 2nd Annual Pioneer Classic Open Cruise-In & Car Show gets underway on Sat., Sept. 15. Join this free-admission event with live entertainment – including regional favorites The Dooley-Miller Band with Kickin’ Brass – and lots of food and vendor booths., 800-355-9192 or 859-734-2364.

The Arts Council of Mercer County presents the Fall Arts Festival on Oct. 13 and 14. Held at Old Fort Harrod State Park, this free-admission event features live entertainment and plenty of local, artisan-made products., 859-265-6049.

Haunting good fun

History is unearthed when the James Harrod Trust stages “History Underfoot,” a cemetery tour with local actors and volunteers bringing Harrodsburg’s past right into the present at Spring Hill Cemetery. Sept. 14 and 15, beginning at 7 p.m., 859-734-3381, 859-734-2364 or 800-355-9192.

Enter a haunted house 238 years in the making during the Haunted Frontier at Old Fort Harrod State Park. The house is actually a fort – and a full-scale replica one at that, which commemorates the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains. Haunted cabins, abandoned theater and the oldest cemetery in the state are part of this scarefest. Warning: Not recommended for children under age six. Oct. 27, 28, 30 and 31. Admission: $6.,, 859-734-3314.

A bounty of amusements at Shaker Village

Join HarvestFest at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill,, on Sept. 29: Make apple cider and taste apple butter made with apples straight from the Village orchard. Tour the fall garden and learn how to prepare foods for the winter. There’s lots of fun-on-the-farm festivities for the whole family.

New to Shaker Village is “Troops at Our Doorstep: The Civil War Marches Through Shaker Village,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8, offering a glimpse of how the Civil War impacted this Shaker community and those who lived here 150 years ago and featuring re-enactments of Union tactical demonstrations, military encampments and civilian activities as scenes from the Pleasant Hill journals are re-created.

Also new are Fall on the Farm Weekends, running Sept. 29 through Oct. 28, with Kids’ Village and a chance to pick your own pumpkins and apples, and Saturday Guided Fall Foliage Hikes, scheduled Oct. 6 through Oct. 27. Enjoy the splendor of autumn colors with a new guided hiking adventure each week.

Other fall events at Shaker Village: Seed-to-Table Secret Supper, Sept. 15 and 29, is al fresco dining somewhere on the Village’s 3,000 acres; The Heirloom Supper, Sept. 28, features popular Shaker Village dishes from the last 50 years followed by a bonfire, storytelling and s’mores on the lawn; and “Stargazing-The Autumn Evening Sky and Orionid Meteor Shower,” Oct. 20.

Visit and click on the Calendar of Events to see all the fun taking place this fall.

Karen Hackett, Executive Director,
Harrodsburg-Mercer County Tourist Commission,
800-355-9192 or 859-734-2364

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ABOUT HARRODSBURG, KY | Founded in 1774, Harrodsburg is Kentucky’s oldest city but it is far from staid. Amidst four National Register Historic Districts and 250 square miles of gently rolling pastureland is a town that bursts with historic charm in its superlative attractions: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the largest restored Shaker community in America; Beaumont Inn, the state’s oldest family-operated country inn; Old Fort Harrod State Park with full-scale replica fort commemorating the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains; the authentic 115-passenger Dixie Belle sternwheeler, providing an up-close view of one of the most unique ecosystems in the country at the geologically ancient Kentucky River Palisades; an early American drug store at the circa 1865 Dedman’s Drugstore with original soda fountain. Located in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region, Harrodsburg is affordable and family-friendly and has a hometown atmosphere: streets lined with architectural treasures, shops given over to period crafts, restaurants dishing up traditional Southern cooking.
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