The sixth annual Family Harvest will take place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay.
“This event – designed especially for children and their families – is our ‘thank you’ to the Boothbay area community,” said Charlie Bamberg, the chair of the board at Boothbay Railway Village.
To that end, the village set two goals in organizing the event, that it be a Family Harvest that children would love and remember, and that it be as affordable as possible to as many families as possible.
“We reduced prices and added free activities – including train rides for everyone, and also free hayrides and tiny pumpkins to the children,” said Bamberg, adding, “Family Harvest is, most of all, for the young — and the young-at-heart — whose memories of the village keep them coming back year after year.
“For two whole days, it’s all about the kids and their parents on the sidelines, cheering them through sack races, kernel digs, cornhole competition, popcorn-the-parachute, and painting faces and pumpkins,” he said. “The event will also feature train and hayrides, all included in the ticket prices — and this year, prizes!
“We host many events through the calendar year, but Family Harvest is a village favorite, our way to provide a community service that says ‘thank you’ to our local communities, especially Boothbay, in our ongoing efforts to preserve and showcase our collective past so that we all better understand our futures and the futures of our children,” Bamberg said. “The innovation, creativity, and hard work that built our communities will help our children see these values in themselves, in building their own futures.”
There will be special pricing for everyone, including general admission as free for children age 4 and under, $ for kids 5-17, and adults, $12. Trains are included in the ticket every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free hayrides will be at: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on-site.
Since its beginnings in the mid-1960s, nearly one million visitors since 1965 have stepped over the threshold of the elegant Freeport Station on Wiscasset Road into the 30-acre Boothbay Railway Village, a museum of life and transportation in the mid-19th to mid-20th century Maine, 1850 to 1950.