Dakota City Heritage Village's annual Harvest Moon Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19.

The event, which coincides with the fall school break, is a chance for kids to try hands-on activities to acquaint them with chores and leisure pursuits of the early 1900s.

Children under age 12 will receive a tally sheet and have until 6:15 p.m. to visit activity stations around the village. They'll have a chance to pick corn and come back to shell and grind it. They can also make a corn husk doll, dip candles, make rope, grind coffee, pick apples, dig potatoes, take an egg from under a chicken and try milking a cow. Costumed interpreters and high school-aged volunteers will lead the activities.

At 6:15 p.m., these activities will wrap up in preparation for the Haunted Walk & Ride. The stamped tally sheets can be taken to the Post Office to receive a coupon for free admission with a paid adult to the December Christmas in the Village event.

The Haunted Walk & Ride will be offered from 6:30 until 8 p.m. or until everyone has finished. Hot and cold food and drinks will be available. Candy, gifts and vintage toys will be for sale in the Gift Shop.

Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up and $3 for ages 4-12. Children 3 and under will be admitted free.

For more information, visit www.dakotacity.org or call 651-460-8050. Dakota City is located at 4008 220th St. W. on the fairgrounds in Farmington.


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