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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 

24  Wheat Harvest & Wheat Weaving

Harvest Bouquet            


1  Ice Cream Party

Wooden Sailboat

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

Wood Stamp 

15 Kitchen & Market Garden Tours  (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 

Beeswax 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 

Horse Tail 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 


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. 

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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