We are very excited to announce that this year’s festival will offer even more for area elementary school students and their families, thanks to our partnership with Jackson Public Schools. During the festival, we will focus on Michigan history curriculum requirements for kindergarten through fifth grade, while highlighting the Museum’s educational programs.
Each grade level will have its own destination at the festival, where fun educational presentations will preview social studies themes and topics for the upcoming school year. Kindergartners will learn about log cabin life at the Eli Stillson Log Cabin. First graders will go back to school at the Dibble One Room Schoolhouse. Second graders will learn about Ella Sharp’s gift to her community at the Merriman-Sharp Farmhouse. Third graders will learn about soapbox politics with special guests Earl Poleski and Martin Griffin on the porch of the Country Store. Fourth graders will learn about Jackson’s role in the Underground Railroad by the fire pit. Fifth graders will learn about stars and space at the Hurst Planetarium.
All grade-level presentations are free and open to the public, and will occur at designated times during the festival. JPS students and families are invited to check in at the JPS Family Tent at the festival for more information.
The day will be filled with traditional favorites such as pumpkin painting, make-n-take arts and crafts for children, face painting, a fall-themed game area, the antique tractor parade, a craft show, and live music. Schupbach’s Sporting Goods will return for their fourth year with archery lessons for kids. We are also very pleased to welcome back Detroit Tigers Mascot PAWS, broom maker Jeff Johnson, blacksmith demonstrations by Larry Carrigan, and spinning and weaving demonstrations by the Jackson Handweavers Guild.
Our craft show will feature a variety of art forms, and artist booths will be up for the duration of the festival. Artists interested in participating must fill out a registration form by Saturday, September 27. Booth fees are $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
Farmhouse tours will be available for a $1/person. Historical buildings and galleries will be open with free admission. Our clay studio will be open during the festival, and children can try their hand at throwing on the wheel while visiting with members of the Jackson Pottery and Clay Guild.
The day would not be complete without a farm market, popcorn from Popcorn Charlie, cotton candy, caramel apples, donuts, mulled cider, and apple cider making demonstrations. If you are hungry for more than a snack, Ella's Granary restaurant will be open for lunch, and we will be serving hot dogs, chips and beverages in our Grand Community Room.
For more information, call (517) 787-2320.