A brand new $50 bill awaits one lucky person who attends the Case-Barlow Farm Fall Harvest Festival in Hudson on Sept. 14. Why this particular bill? In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's end, the bill with Ulysses S. Grant in its center is part of the festivities. Grant himself will be present as well, answering questions and talking about his Civil War experiences. General William Tecumseh Sherman, known for his cataclysmic march through Georgia, will also be present. Keep eyes open for other historic personages while attending.
Special visitors to the Farm Festival this year will be Hudson Mayor Bill Currin and the new City Manager, Jane Howington. An agenda for their visit is still in the planning stage.
Open from noon to 5 p.m., the annual festival gives families the opportunity to have fun together while celebrating Hudson's history. Photo opportunities will be available. For small attendees, the popular Rubber Ducky Races will return. Toddlers and their pets will have a chance to see the Festival from their own perspective while riding in a covered wagon train. Farm animals of all descriptions will fill the corral area and offer free horseback rides, petting opportunities, and the chance to see wild hawks up close.
The farm wagon, newly refurbished and painted, will be on display, offering a great chance for group pictures. Old time cars and tractors, hayrides, gardens, a corn crib, an array of Little Tyke toys, performing chickens, a pet donkey, a scavenger hunt, the famous Cookie Walk, apple bobbing, scarecrow making, hands-on artwork, flower pounding, clothespin and yarn doll making, and a music garden will also be ready for festival goers' outdoor enjoyment.
In or near the farmhouse, old time homemaking skills such as candle making, butter churning, chair caning, and bread baking will take place. Visitors can also tour the beautifully furnished rooms with their display of historic artifacts. In the front and side parlors and dining room, needle workers will demonstrate and explain their crafts. Upstairs, attendees can see a quilt show featuring a newly donated antique quilt frame. A visit with the silhouette artist offers the chance to get an old fashioned "selfie" in black and white.
Musical entertainment will be provided by "Pitch the Peat," a husband and wife duo whose Celtic music has delighted Farmers Market crowds this summer.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets to the event will be available at the entrance.