For many people, the Blandford Nature Center Harvest Fest event has become a family tradition every fall. This year organizers wisely moved many of the activities indoors since the forecast Saturday called for quite a bit of rain.

But that didn't dampen spirits.

"It is a time we look forward to every year. It is a gorgeous season and a time to highlight what Michigan has to offer," said Renee Baker, Community Program Manager for Blandford. "We have more than just your tradition orchard things to do. We do have animals here. We have farm animals along with owls and hawks. We even have a bobcat."

"But we also have wagon rides. We have scarecrows to make, one per family -- and, we have candle dipping."

Those are among the many activities visitors will take part in while exploring the 263-acre nature center center. The Harvest Fest appeals to all of the senses, including the sense of taste.

"New this year, we are having a pig roast. We will be offering pork sandwiches and we will also have, for adults, hard cider from Vander Mill Cider. We will also have regular cider along with some donuts as well," said Baker.

Blandford Nature Center also has farm animals along with owls and hawks. We even have a bobcat," she said.

The annual Harvest Fest is Blandford Nature Center on Saturday, October 14th from 10 a.m. to p.m. The cost is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

The cost of admission includes a wagon ride for every member of the family activities including candle-making and scarecrow making. The scarecrows are limited to one per family. The cost of concessions are extra.

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