Last month when Trenton, Charlotte, and I went to Family Hiking Day with Appalachian Trail Conservancy, I picked up a brochure for the Fall Furnace Festival at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
Sunday was a beautiful crisp autumn day, so we decided to head out to the festival after church.
And we are so glad that we did. The festival was so much fun! And even better – admittance was free!
We started off with apple cider making and tasting.
Charlotte was first up.
She was a great apple grinder.
One would think that all of that juicy apple-y goodness would taste good to any nearby insects. But no, instead a yellowjacket decided to go for Charlotte’s face.
Our fun ten minutes at the festival could have came to a quick end, but the nice state park education lady and a bucket of cold apples came to the rescue.
Apparently it also tasted good!
They keep saying that they can’t wait for the electricity to go out so that they can burn them. I’m hoping that we make it until the summer before the electricity goes out again. This Texas girl isn’t quite ready for the cold Pennsylvania winter.
Next we walked over to the historical demonstrations area. Our walk over the creek and along the lake to get to the demonstrations was really nice.
But I only thought that we spent a lot of time with charcoal making.
Trenton could have spent all afternoon at the next station.
While Trenton was still enamored with the blacksmith, Charlotte moved on to decobbing and grinding corn.
Next we walked to the opposite end of the park for hayrides, the birds of prey show, and pedal carts. By the time we got over there, the bird show was almost over and the hayride line was really long. Trenton and Charlotte were more than happy to ride pedal carts though.
On our way out, we grabbed snacks to share. You can never go wrong with funnel cake!
Oh, and no, we didn’t forget Evelyn at home. She slept in the stroller for a while, and then spent the rest of the time taking everything in and looking adorable in her sister’s old winter hat!