TIFTON—From interactive animal exhibits to military encampments, the October Fall Frolics events at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College are sure to offer something for everyone. Scheduled every Saturday in October, the four events will focus on “History Comes Alive”, “Critter Saturday”, the “Harvest Celebration”, and “Trick or Treat in the Village”.
The festivities begin with “History Comes Alive,” on Oct. 5. This Saturday features Civil War encampments, living history demonstrations and weapons firing exercises. Visitors will be transported back in time to witness what life might have been like for soldiers during the Civil War. They will also be able to participate in a variety of hands-on activities that might have taken place during the late 1800s. Guests can enjoy free popcorn while having their ears tickled by the Carpenter Band.
On Oct. 12, children of all ages can spend a day at the Museum with animal friends on “Critter Saturday”. Children will interact with animals from the Chehaw Wild Animal Park, and visit the Museum’s Langdale Nature Center where they can touch and hold various animal skeletons, skulls and pelts.
One highlight of the day will be a free goldfish for small children. The Nature Trail will be open for visitors, and they will not want to miss the mule plowing demonstrations at the Gibbs Farm. Guests will also have the opportunity to test their skills and stamina in the Chicken Chase.
The Museum’s “Harvest Celebration” takes place on Oct. 19. Corn shelling, garden tours, traditional children’s games, and face painting are just a few of the activities planned at the Museum on that day. Guests can also watch preservation demonstrations taking place in the Historic Village. Children will also enjoy free candy apples while they tour the site and learn about life without electricity or cell phones.
“Trick or Treat in the Village” takes place on October 26. The Museum invites all the little ones to don their favorite costume and participate in the costume contest. Each historic building in the Village will have candy for the children as they trick or treat their way around the site. Hay rides will be offered as well as a monster spider web. The Museum Crone will be sharing spooky stories for all the guests to enjoy.
The Second Annual A-Maze-ing Zombie Run will also take place on Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. Runners attempt to dodge zombies as they navigate a one-mile family friendly course through the Historic Village and Corn Maze. There is a $15 fee to register before Oct. 26. Registration for the race begins at 8:30 a.m. There is a fee of $20 on the day of the race.
Visitors can pick out a pumpkin at the Museum’s Pumpkin Patch or try to navigate their way through the Corn Maze every Saturday in October from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Pumpkin Patch is located at the Country Store near the main entrance. The Corn Maze is in the Historic Village and is included in the price of admission to the Museum. All visitors can also enjoy a ride on the 1917 steam train.
On every October Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon, the community can also take advantage of the Museum’s Wiregrass Farmers Market offering local produce, jellies and jams, homemade soap, and more.
Admission to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village on Tuesday-Friday is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (age 55 and over), $4 for children 5-16 years of age, and free for children four and under. Saturday admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (age 55 and over), $5 for children 5-16 years of age, and free for children four and under.
For more information on these and other upcoming events, interested persons can contact the Museum at (229) 391-5205 or visit the Museum’s website at www.abac.edu/museum.