New London’s Mosquito Hill Nature Center will celebrate the onset of autumn and the fall harvest during its eighth annual Harvest Moon Festival.
The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the center.
“The theme of this year’s event is Down on the Farm,” Mosquito Hill director Mike Hibbard said. “Early-era farming skills and crafts including basket-weaving, broom-making and spinning demonstrations are planned. The New London FFA animal display is always a hit and so are our hayrides.”
Other popular activities include a daytime pumpkin hike and I Spy scavenger hunt; an after-dark lighted jack-o’-lantern walk; astronomy programs and stargazing with the Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers group; and the Great Apple Grab.
The Green Apple Folk Music Society will sponsor live music and a live owl from The Feather Rehabilitation Center, New London, will make an early evening appearance. S’mores around the campfire, a pumpkin-seed spitting contest, fry bread samples and food sales will also be available.
“Our expanded format will provide our guests with fewer lines to wait in, more hayrides and better parking opportunities,” Hibbard said. “Families with young children will be able to enjoy all of the activities without having to keep young ones up too late.”
Admission is $8 per vehicle. Hayride tickets are $1 each and can only be purchased the day of the event. Hayrides may have to be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
The nature center is located two miles east of New London off of County Road S at N3880 Rogers Road. Contact Mosquito Hill at 920-779-6433 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. A schedule of other upcoming events can be found at www.mosquitohill.com.