35th Annual Homestead Fair to Open Thanksgiving Weekend

Enthusiastic Crowds Watch a Live Horse Training Demonstration at the Homestead Fair

“We are anticipating a very large turnout at this year’s Fair,” said Director Josiah Wheeler. “Our family-friendly outdoor event marks the end of the crop year on our farm and is an exposition that celebrates crafts, agriculture and community life with friends and neighbors near and far.”

Homestead Fair to Open Thanksgiving Weekend

Annual Heritage Festival Featuring Crafts, Food, Hands-on Activities, Farm Animals, Shopping and Family Fun

Preparations are underway for the 35th annual Homestead Fair over Thanksgiving weekend. The 3-day event is easily accessible from Interstate 35 north of Waco in central Texas and will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 25-27.

This year’s Fair will feature dozens of live agricultural and craft demonstrations as well as hands-on activities, an outdoor shopping pavilion, agricultural exhibits, educational workshops and a variety of food stands, live music and more.

“We’re expecting a great turnout at this year’s fair,” said fair director Josiah Wheeler. “Our family-friendly outdoor event at the top of central Texas’ limestone grasslands overlooking the Brazos River gives us ample space for all ages in a fresh, clean outdoor environment.”

“Our fair marks the end of the annual crop year on our farm and is a showcase that celebrates the vibrancy of real, working homes and community life,” Wheeler said. “We want it to serve as an Open House to share the craft, skills and achievements of our community with friends and neighbors both near and far.”

Favorite Annual “Must See” Events

  • Sheepdog herding show
  • Horse training demonstration
  • Experienced Timber Frame Barn Erecting

Favorite Fair Activities

  • Freshly prepared food at food courts, stalls and stalls
  • Make your own crafts
  • Horseback Hayrides

Farm Experiences – Back by Popular Demand

  • Small group tours of a community working farm in the Brazos River Valley outside the fairgrounds.

“The Past Farm Experience tours have been so successful that we are expanding them this year,” Wheeler said. “Fair visitors in small groups can see our real working farm up close – daily horse riding, cow milking, chicken care, feed and cover shifts and more. People who took the farm tour at last year’s fair will be excited to see significant improvements to the farm, such as a new water tank, horse stables and more. Meet our farm managers and ask them any question you want!”

Outdoor household skills and demonstrations are held daily at the Fairgrounds, from apple juicing, cheese making, bread making, soap making and sustainable gardening to horse farming, sheep shearing, horse training, goat milking, beekeeping and more.

Craft Pavilion booths and individual craft shops will offer live demonstrations throughout the show, including hand-tool woodworking, blacksmithing, casting, pottery, quilting, spinning, weaving, basketry, broom making and more, as well as a new macrame booth. Shoppers will find hundreds of handcrafted items for sale in the pavilion, The Barn gift shop, Homestead Farms Barn and the restored 1760 Gristmill, as well as specialty foods.

DIY projects for kids include more than 2 elements that are fun and educational. Free activities for kids include a new hay maze, a petting zoo and a duck race. Musical performances will include children’s and youth choirs along with the youth orchestra at noon each day, and the Heritage choir and orchestra on Friday and Saturday evenings.

A wide range of educational opportunities are presented in all areas of the exhibition. Daily workshops offer hands-on instruction from making whole-grain bread to sustainable home gardening, beekeeping and water harvesting, as well as thought-provoking topics such as the impact of digital technology, disconnecting from the matrix of consumerism, and cultivating hope in times of upheaval.

Food courts and booths (including a new-for-2022 Funnel Cakes booth) offer dozens of food, dessert and beverage options from multicultural menus.

To better plan your visit in advance, check out the activities, schedules and map available at http://www.homesteadfair.com.

The event is hosted by Homestead Heritage and The Plowshare Institute for Sustainable Culture.

What: Homestead Fair

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. – November 25 and 26 (Friday and Saturday) 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – November 27 (Sunday)

Where: Homestead Craft Village

608 Dry Creek Road, Waco, TX 76705

Contact: http://www.HomesteadFair.com • 254.754.9600

Parking: Free

Tickets:

  • Day ticket for adults – 12 dollars for 1 day
  • Adult Weekend Pass – $18 for all 3 days
  • Children’s General Admission – 16 and under FREE
  • Kids Fair Experience Tokens can be redeemed for Pony Rides, Hayrides and Your Own Activities.

All tickets are available online at HomesteadFair.com

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