By Hallie Muller & Judith Redmond, courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop
The 24th annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival falls on Saturday October 1st this year. This is a fabulous opportunity to visit the Capay Valley. We invite you to celebrate rural living, great live music, wonderful people and sustainable farming, while eating great, local food!
There’s something for everyone in the family at the Hoes Down. This festival is nationally renowned and The Hoes Down Children’s Area was called the “Best in the Nation” by Nation Geographic Magazine. Kids have their own area with arts and crafts, nature walks, storytelling, games, a petting zoo, hay rides, and terrific contests. Other all-ages activities include hands-on workshops, craft booths, a farmers’ market, farm tours, dancing, and much more.
Saturday is a fun-filled day with the best food, drink, and live music around. This year we are excited to feature Circus Bella, a dynamic and exciting circus from the Bay Area. For those who want to enjoy both days, camp out under the autumn stars at the beautiful Full Belly Farm.
Sunday offers a great opportunity to experience hands-on seminars on a variety of topics at farms around the Capay Valley. Events include a bicycle tour of local farms, a full day of Farm Kids Day Camp, a look into the secrets of bee keeping, a chance to paint the farm with your kids and a local artist, and much more.
But there’s a final, very important element of the Hoes Down that many people don’t actually pay attention to, even though we always mention it whenever we talk about the Festival. In our mission statement, when we say we are “promoting” sustainable rural living, in part we are just thinking about the experience of the actual Festival, but the other part of the equation is that the Hoes Down is a fundraiser. It benefits a number of very important organizations that are critical to the sustainability of rural areas and of agriculture. This is just one more reason why it is so important for you ALL to think about coming, put it on your calendar, bring your friends and help us make the Hoes Down a big success!