|Guests human and otherwise interact during last year's Harvest Festival at the Lucas County Historical Society Museum.|
A morning of fun free activities for all ages, as well as coffee cake, hot cider and fresh-roasted peanuts, will be offered by the Lucas County Historical Society, 123 North 17th St., Chariton, during its Harvest Festival Open House from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 19.
All buildings on the grounds will be open for tours. There will be a petting zoo of small farm animals. Miniature goats (on leashes) will interact with guests. Mary Jo Fisher will offer face-painting, there will be a hands-on demonstration of an old-fashioned corn sheller, and youngsters will be given an opportunity to sit in the society’s vintage Model-A Ford to have their pictures taken (providing parents bring cameras along).
Terri Sue Cox will demonstrate how Flower Pot People are made (one of her creations will be given away as a door prize), Chariton Boy Scouts will demonstrate rope-making (and sell popcorn) and Jerry Book will be on hand to provide a blacksmithing demonstration in or near the Blacksmith Shop. He also will bring along a miniature replica cannon, which will be fired during the event.
Cake and cider will be served throughout the event in the Pioneer Barn with peanuts available near the vintage Piper’s roaster in the gallery just across the patio. Everything is free and all are invited.
The museum will end summer hours (1-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays) on Saturday, Oct. 3, but the office will remain open Tuesdays from October-May. Tours during those months will be available by appointment.