LOWELL | Visitors to Buckley Homestead County Park's annual Fall Festival this weekend will be welcomed by autumn colors and lots of old-fashioned activities.
"I like this program. It's joyful. People have a good time," Sandy Basala, superintendent for visitors services for Lake County Parks, said.
Whether they're laughing at the cornball humor of Dr. Quackenbush, watching a blacksmith at work or competing in the annual Rolling Pin Toss, visitors always enjoy the turn-of-the-century festival offerings, Basala said.
"We've noticed in recent years that we have families that come at 10 a.m. and stay all day long," Basala said.
Children can create artwork at the Old Schoolhouse or play "dress up" there in period costumes for camera-ready families.
Historic folk arts such as china painting, rug hooking and broom making will be on display, and children can make their own candles to take home.
Basala said the candle dipping has been moved behind the park's Main House.
Dr. Quackenbush and his players will be in the Upper Barn this year, Basala said, while the shoot-em-up Cole Regulators will put on their show in the Barnyard.
Plenty of old-fashioned food such as apple dumplings, chicken and noodles, pumpkin rolls and ham and bean soup make staying the day easy.
Transportation over the many acres of the farm is made easy with a hayride shuttle for $1.
Basala said the festival averages 1,000 to 1,200 visitors each day.
The festival opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $4 person with children ages 7 and younger admitted free of charge.
For a full schedule of daily offerings, go online to www.lakecountyparks.com.
Buckley Homestead is located 4.5 miles west of the Interstate 65/Ind. 2 interchange off of Ind. 2 on Hendricks Road immediately east of Lowell.