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Oct. 13, 2010

Cedar Hill State Park To Host Harvest Heritage Festival

Outdoor Activities, Pumpkin Patch, Demonstrations Highlight Day’s Activities

CEDAR HILL, Texas – To celebrate the rich farming and ranching heritage of the North Texas region, Cedar Hill State Park will host its second-annual autumn Harvest Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 16.

Beginning at 10 a.m., park visitors can enjoy numerous activities ranging from historic trade and craft demonstrations such as a blacksmith and forge, old-style spinning wheel, tours of historic Penn Farm, an antique tractor display, and horse-drawn wagon rides, to Dutch oven cooking demonstrations and more. Folks will also be able to play in an old-style vintage baseball game, and kids can harvest and paint pumpkins from the park’s pumpkin patch at no cost.

“One of the unique features of this park is the presence of the historic Penn Farm Agricultural History Center,” said Mercy Mcbrayer, coordinator of special events at Cedar Hill State Park. “The Penn family first started farming here in the mid 19th century and was here for more than a hundred years. A lot of the farm’s original structures have been preserved, and they really let the public see what life was like on a family farm in the 1800’s. Our Harvest Heritage Festival will celebrate this rich farming and ranching heritage of the area, and gives us a chance to showcase the rest of Cedar Hill State Park as a premier destination.”

People can also get a pumpkin at this year’s festival, decorate it and take it home, Mcbrayer said.
Cedar Hill State Park is an 1,800-acre park and nature preserve located in the south part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, along the shores of Joe Pool Reservoir, just west of the city of Cedar Hill off of Beltline Road. The park is renowned for its bass and crappie fishing, miles of hilly and wooded hike and bike trails and its more than 350 developed campsites.

Construction is also set to begin this month on more than $3 million in capital repairs to Cedar Hill SP, which includes replacing electrical and water RV hookup connections and adding sewer connections to both the Lakeview and Eagle Ford camping loops.

Admission to activities for the Harvest Heritage Festival is free to everyone with general park admission, which is $5 per person for ages 13 and older, and children ages 12 and younger are free. For more information, contact Cedar Hill State Park at (972) 291-3900, or visit the park’s Web site.

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