Mumford, N.Y - Never has there been more to experience than this year's Fall Festival featuring the Agricultural Fair Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, at Genesee Country Village & Museum. This time-honored event is packed with traditional fall activities and, for the first time, a 10-acre Corn Maze. This year's event features 19th-century magic shows, master juggler Signora Bella, a tent of the wonders, a Punch & Judy puppet show and carnival games plus exhibitions in more than 150 categories of judged baked goods, preserves, hand-made needlecrafts and the industrial arts. Most categories have both 19th- and 21st-century divisions. This year entrants will receive one day free admission to the fair. In addition, the museum introduces its brand new Corn Maze with five miles of twists and turns, inviting visitors to lose their way as they investigate a "who dunnit." The maze-a combination of three separate mazes of different lengths-is cut in the shape of the museum's historic octagon house and surrounded by games and activities plus a bounce house/slide combo ($1) and wagon rides through the woods ($4). Hours of the maze are 10am to 6pm (last maze ticket sold at 5pm). Admission is included in admission to the historic village. Separate Corn Maze admission is $7 for adults and kids ages 4 and up. The Corn Maze will be open every Saturday and Sunday in October. Meanwhile, prize-winning sheep, oxen, cows and alpacas will be on display, in addition to a poultry show, sponsored by the Rochester Poultry Assn. and a goat show and competition hosted by the Genesee Valley Dairy Goat Club. The popular produce tent features specialty vendors offering baked goods, maple products, spices, honey, cider, apples and other specialty items. The nation's only Civil War-era balloon will offer spectacular views of the countryside in 15-minute rides ($15). And, as was common at 19th-century fairs, museum vintage base ball teams will square off for the Mayor's Cup Championship trophy. The consolation game will be played Saturday and the championship game on Sunday. Both games are at 1:30 p.m. and are played at Silver Base Ball Park, the only replica 1800s base ball park in the nation. For more information call (585) 538-6822 or visit http://www.gcv.org/.
Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York State and the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum with its John L. Wehle Art Gallery, is open May 12-Oct. 14, and located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo. For more information, visit www.gcv.org or call (585) 538-6822. Hours: Sept. 5-Oct. 14
- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays
- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends and holidays (plus Oct 22-23 and 29-30)
- Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, except for Oct. 8