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Family Time: Make an afternoon of History Center’s Fall Festival

October 11, 2018

Step into the season at the History Center of Olmsted County’s Fall Festival. Held the Thursday of MEA weekend, the annual event provides families a great excuse to get outside.

“It’s MEA weekend and families are usually looking for fun things to do,” said Aaron Saterdalen, History Center’s education and programs coordinator. “This is a good opportunity for Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa to bring the kids out to the History Center. It’s hands-on, interactive and a lot of fun.”

Fall Festival includes a dozen or so outdoor activities, ranging from pumpkin painting to scarecrow decorating to apple-cider making.

“There will be tractor-pulled wagon rides around the grounds, broom tying — yes, you can make your own broom — and rope making,” said Saterdalen. “Impact Entertainment is coming back this year with archery tag. Participants hide behind obstacles and shoot at each other with an arrow with a foam marshmallow-looking tip. It’s really fun.”

Admission to Fall Festival is $5 per child, free for accompanying adults. Held rain or shine, there is no additional charge for activities. Concessions will be available.

“In the past, we’ve drawn 600 kids to the event. When families see all that there is to do, they generally make an afternoon of it and stay the entire time,” said Saterdalen. “Really, it’s about doing something really fun outside at the History Center. There’s not a whole lot of history to the event. You could argue that the apple press has a historical tie, but really, it’s mostly for fun.”

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