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Fall in Delaware County

Freeman’s Farm in Galena is the perfect place for an old-fashioned fall festival. And “old” is the operative word.

The Freeman family has owned the farm at 6142 Lewis Center Rd. in Galena since 1868 – 155 years. The current owners, Bill and Lois Freeman, are the fifth generation of the Freeman family to live on the property. Generation No. 6 is currently helping with the festivities.

Bill and Lois open the farm for the annual fall festival from Sept. 16 through Oct. 31.

Admission is free.

“We don’t have bounce houses or games, and we don’t charge people admission,” Lois said. “We try to be a place where people can come and spend some quality time together. If you want to go to the concession stand or go for hay ride, it’s a la carte. We try to keep things low budget so multi-generational families can come out and enjoy the day.”

Freeman’s Farm offers:

– Hayrides – The 20-minute ride takes you around the perimeter of the 33-acre farm. The ride is $3. Kids under 2 ride free.

– Kettle Corn: How big is your appetite? Bags are $2, $5 and $10.

– Animal Petting: Feeder cups are 25 cents. The Freemans have calves and goats.

– Hot Dogs: $3 and you cook your dog over a campfire. (Delicious chili is $4 a bowl.)

– Craft Projects: $4 – This year is pumpkin sand art.

The farm market is open weekdays from noon to 7 p.m. You can purchase pumpkins, gourds and squash, along with a variety of crafts and Ohio-made products.

“We try to support local farmers and Ohio businesses,” Lois said. “We have jams, jellies and fudge from Cooper’s Mill & Market in Bucyrus, bread mixes from Fowler’s Mill in Chardon, local honey and maple syrup, and specialty products from Amish farmers.”

The farm is open for activities on the weekend – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The activities during the weekend include hay rides, petting animals, and concessions.

For location and contact information, visit the website at freemansfarm.com or the Facebook page at Freeman’s Farm.

Fall doesn’t stop here in Delaware County,

The first Powell Fall Festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 28, from noon to 10 p.m. at Village Green Park. The event will have food trucks, beer, a kid zone and vendors.

Live music will be supplied by headliner, North to Nashville, along with Alt. 95 Cleveland and the Dan Thompson Band.

The Powell Fall Festival is sponsored by the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Newman Roofing, Jill Patricia King, and the Diamond Cellar.

Admission is free with a donation to People In Need of Delaware County.

By: Robin Yocum

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