Howell Farm 2021 Calendar of Events

*All 2021 dates are subject to change or cancellation. Please check back for updates, and thank you for your understanding!


30 Ice Harvest


6 Tap the Sugar Maples

13 Old-Fashioned Valentine's Day

20 Maple Sugaring

27 Maple Sugaring


6 Workhorse Rides

13 Visit from the Horse Doctor, Dentist & Shoer

20 Sawmilling & Tree Planting

27 Lambing


3 Henhouse Visits

10 Spring Beekeeping & Gardening

17 Plowing, Harrowing & Wash Day

24 Potato Planting           


1 Share the Harvest Tours           

8 Sheep Shearing 

15 Corn Planting 

22 Hog Slopping & Weighing      

29 Haying


5 Old Time Baseball Game

12 Dairying 

19 People of Pleasant Valley Tours

26 Wheat Harvest & Wheat Weaving             


3 Ice Cream Party

10 Evening Blacksmithing (5:00–8:00 p.m.)

17 Evening Share the Harvest Tours (5:00–8:00 p.m.)

24 Evening Livestock Chores (5:00–8:00 p.m.)

31 & 8/1 Mercer County 4-H Fair & Wheat Threshing 

(Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. & Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)


7 Honey Harvest            

14 Potato Harvest           

21 Help the Farmer: Fences, Bridges & Fords

28 Fiddlin' Day


4 38th Annual Horse Plowing Match    

11 Back to School         

18 Fall Plowing & Manure Spreading

25 Canning Day


2 Wheat Planting           

9 Barn Auction

16 Basket & Broom Making

23 Corn Harvest 

30 Osage Orange Day   


6 Cider Making 

13 Bacon, Sausage & Scrapple Making

20 Logging & Firewood Cutting

27 Wreath & Sleighbell Sale


4 Christmas on the Farm           


Naturally Friends Programs

Join the County Naturalist for a close-up look at the swallows, bats, owls, and insects that are essential to the ecosystem where farmers raise their crops and animals.

**Please note that future Naturally Friends dates may be transitioned into "virtual" programs. Thank you for your understanding, and stay tuned for more details!

Owl Talk**

(7–8:30 p.m.)

Barn Swallow Celebration**

(1–3 p.m.)

Bird Excursion**   

May (1–3 p.m.)

Beetles in the Spotlight Hike** 

June (7:30–9 p.m.)

Butterfly Hike** 

July (1–3 p.m.)

Nocturnal Nature Hike** 

August (7:30–9 p.m.)

Hedgerow Hike** 

September (12 noon–2 p.m.)

Full Moon Talk: Bats, Vultures & Opossums**

October (7:30–9 p.m.)

Barn & Field Spiders** 

October (1–3 p.m.)

Wooly Worm Weather Forecasting**   

November (1–3 p.m.)

Hawk Talk**  

November (7–8:30 p.m.)

Barn Dances 

All 2020 Barn Dances were canceled due to safety concerns over the ongoing pandemic; we hope we can resume these programs in the future. Please stay tuned for details!

7:30 – 9 p.m.

Featuring the music of the Jugtown Mountain String Band and the guiding voice of caller Sue Dupre, each barn dance invites beginners and experienced dancers into the Charles Fish Barn to learn some new square, circle, or contra-dance moves.


Children’s Storytime

Reservation Required: RSVP 

Designed for children five and under, storytime features a seasonal tale, and includes a visit to the barnyard to see the animals.

Spring Storytime*

May 5 (Wed. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)

Wheat Storytime*

June 23 (Wed. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)

Potato Picking Storytime*

August 18 (Wed. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)

Halloween Storytime*

October 28 (Thurs. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)

Christmas Storytime*

December 3 (Fri. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)   


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Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission

Brian M. Hughes, County Executive | Aaron T. Watson, Executive Director

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