It seems that it was only a few weeks ago that we opened the Village for the summer season. Many of the summer staff whom we hired in May have already left and are getting ready to return to their studies. The day-old chicks we brought to the farmyard are now full grown and laying eggs. The garden has provided us with rhubarb, peas, beans, cucumbers and other vegetables. Now we’re down to harvesting carrots, corn and potatoes. We find ourselves on the eve of our final festival of the summer. Fall on the Farm will take place on Monday, September 5.

Fall on the Farm is your last chance of the season to experience the activities, pioneer demonstrations, entertainment and good food that have come to characterize a festival day at MHV. While our current crop of oats will not be ready to thresh, we do have wheat sheaves stored up from last year, so there will be threshing. The entertainment under that tent will feature Lulu and the Tomcat (especially for the children); The Jasper County Line; Tom and Lori; and The Workshop Boys. The MHV Auxiliary will be serving waffles and vanilla sauce, and fresh apple fritters. Horse-drawn wagon rides, barrel-train rides, inflatable play structures, and story time in the semlin will keep the children entertained.

The gates will open at 10:00 AM and remain open till 5:00 PM. Admission rates are the same as they are any other day: Adults - $10, students and seniors - $7, children - $2, and a family pass is $25. Fall on the Farm offers a great entertainment value along with the reminders of our rich heritage.

About the Author

Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.