By Kaitlin Fahey
With the summer heat winding down and the new semester well underway, autumn celebrations around the city of Georgetown are just beginning. Over the course of the next few months, Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse as well as Evans Orchard and Cider Mill will be hosting several fall festivals at their locations near campus.
Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse, located at 877 Cincinnati Road, about five minutes away from campus, will kick off their annual AutumnFest this Saturday. The first weekend of the festival, called Rock the Farm, serves as a fundraiser for Kentucky Children’s Hospital, as well as the Makenna Foundation, which assists in the hospital’s expansion.
One of the events scheduled to take place during the opening weekend is Voices for Children, a music competition for ages 6-24. The performers are categorized into three different age groups, and the winner of each age group receives a cash prize. In addition, the farm will host a Punkin Chunkin demonstration, which consists of competitors “chucking” pumpkins by mechanical means to see whose pumpkin travels the furthest.
Though the Voices for Children and Punkin Chunkin competitions only take place on Sept. 14 and 15, AutumnFest runs through Nov. 3. Festivalgoers will be able to pet and feed farm animals, take a hayride, slide down a 60-foot slide and participate in a five-acre corn maze and many more activities.
AutumnFest is open Mon. through Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri. and Sat from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sun. from noon to 7 p.m.
Evans Orchard and Cider Mill also begins its fall festival season this weekend, with the Apple Festival. The orchard, which has been in operation for five generations by the Evans family, spans 175 acres and consists of a play area, barnyard, café and a farmer’s market where visitors can buy the various fruits and vegetables grown at the orchard. Visitors of the Apple Festival will be able to taste fried apple pie, caramel apples and gourmet apple cider.
After the Apple Festival, Evans Orchard hosts Harvest Festival, which runs from Sept. 21 to Oct. 31. The festival includes craft booths, pony rides, wagon rides through the pumpkin patch and a barnyard for petting animals. Additionally, there will be special events planned each weekend that Harvest Festival is in operation.
Evans Orchard and Cider Mill is located at 180 Stone Road off of Newtown Pike, about 15 minutes from campus. The orchard is open Tues. through Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sun. from noon. to 6 p.m.
For more information about AutumnFest at Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse, call (502) 863-3676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the festivals at Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, call (502) 863-2255 or email email@example.com.