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Howell Farm 2023 Calendar of Events

**Children's crafts are written in italics, and require a small materials fee.  Please call ahead  if you are bringing 10 or more children to help us plan for your visit.**


28  Ice Harvest

Ice Candle


4   Tap the Sugar Maples

Paper Mold

11  Old-Fashioned Valentine's Day

Victorian Valentine's Day Card

18  Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugar Horse

25  Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugar Man


Visit from the Horse Doctor, Dentist & Shoer

Horseshoe Bell

11  Workhorse Rides

Horse Candy Holder

18  Sawmilling & Tree Planting

Scented Waxed Pinecone

25  Lambing

 Wool Flowers


1  Spring Beekeeping & Gardening

Bee Home

8  Henhouse Visits

Chicken Eggcup

15 Plowing, Harrowing & Wash Day

Felt Butterflies

22  Potato Planting

Potato Printing

29 Fashion Show 

Flower Pincushion 


6  Sheep Shearing & Herding 

Sheep Pin

13  Hog Slopping & Weighing

Homemade Soap        


20  Corn Planting

Corn Mosaic Sunflower

27 Haying

Straw Star


 Old Time Baseball Game

Baseball Scavenger Hunt

10  Dairying

Butter Mold

17 People of Pleasant Valley Tours & Juneteenth Program

Faces of Pleasant Valley Mask

24  Wheat Harvest & Wheat Weaving

Harvest Bouquet            


1  Ice Cream Party

Wooden Sailboat

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

Wood Stamp 

15  Farmer's Choice  (5:00–8:00 p.m.)

22  Evening Animal Chores (5:00–8:00 p.m.)

29 & 30  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.)


5  Honey Harvest 

Beewax Medallion 

12  Potato Harvest

Potato Chips           

19  Picket Fence Art Show

Painting with the Artists

26  Fiddlin' on the Farm



2  40th Annual Horse Plowing Match 

Horses' Patootie Ribbon


9  Back to School

Pencil Box 

16  Fall Plowing & Manure Spreading

Dirt & Worms Dessert

23  Canning Day

Herb Oil

30 Wheat Planting

Wheat Seed Porcupine


Hayrides & Food Drive

Mini Wreath         

14  Basket & Broom Making

Paper Basket

21  Corn Harvest 

Popcorn Ball

28  Osage Orange Day & Fence Building 

Osage Centerpiece 


4  Cider Making

Apple Heads 

11  Bacon, Sausage & Scrapple Making

Piggy Magnet

18  Logging & Firewood Cutting

Suet Bird Feeder

25   Corn Picking & Thanksgiving Hayrides

Pine Door Swags


2  Christmas on the Farm  



Naturally Friends Programs

Join a 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.

April 22 – Bird Excursion, Capital City Farm - 2:00 p.m.

May 13 – Barn Swallow Celebration, Howell Farm - 2:00 p.m.

July 22 – Butterfly Bonanza, Capital City Farm - 2:00 p.m.

August 18 – Nocturnal Nature Walk, Howell Farm - 7:30–9:00 p.m.

October 21 – Spectacular Spiders, Capital City Farm - 2:00 p.m.

November 11 – Wooly Worm Weather Forecasting, Howell Farm 2:00 p.m.

Children’s StoryTime

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

Reservation required at least 3 days in advance; please contact Kim Daly at to sign up.

Spring StoryTime

Thursday, May 4  (10:30–11:30 a.m.) 


Thursday, June 22 (10:30–11:30 a.m.)

Fall StoryTime

Thursday, Sept. 14  (10:30–11:30 a.m.)

Halloween StoryTime

Thursday, Oct. 26 (10:30–11:30 a.m.)

Christmas StoryTime

Friday, Dec. 1 (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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