Harvest Days family event set for Sept. 26-27 at Burden Center

News Release Distributed 09/17/09

BATON ROUGE – The LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center and the LSU Rural Life Museum will host Harvest Days on Sept. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is a family event with activities for the whole family,” said Jeff Kuehny, LSU AgCenter horticulture professor and one of the event’s coordinators.

Activities include hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch/Corn Maze, pumpkin picking at the Pumpkin Patch, photo opportunities with the Scare Crow in the Pumpkin Patch, going through the Corn Maze and Sunflower Maze, and tethered hot air balloon rides. The balloon rides will be on Saturday, Sept. 26, only.

The last hayride is at 3 p.m. each day, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Sunflowers and pumpkins will be available for purchase.

The LSU Rural Life Museum will host history demonstrations, interpreting activities that took place on Louisiana plantations and farms during harvest time in the 1800s. Artisans will demonstrate skills related to harvest, hunting, fieldwork and the home. Activities will include corn grinding, soap making, boat building and wagon rides.

A special Civil War reenactment of the Battle of Baton Rouge will be presented at approximately 1:30 p.m. both days.

Admission to the Rural Life Harvest Days is $5 per person; ages 5 and under, free. Admission to the Pumpkin Patch/Corn Maze is $5 for a family and $2 for individuals. Hot air balloon rides are $5 per person.

Cosponsor of the event is the Burden Horticulture Society.

For more information, people may call 225-763-3990 or visit www.burdenhorticulturesociety.com and http://rurallife.lsu.edu. The Burden Center is located at the intersection of I-10 and Essen Lane.

Linda Foster Benedict

9/17/2009 7:08:40 PM
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