Blair County Conservation District Hosts Fallfest at NatureWorksPark

Master Gardeners and the Penn State Extension share a tent as they greet visitors at the NatureWorksPark Fallfest. The Master Gardeners sold pumpkins and live plants at the event. Photo taken by Dan Sinal.

The Blair County Conservation District hosted its first annual “NatureWorksPark Fallfest” on October 16, 2021. The event aimed to be an immersive educational experience for the entire family and was planned after receiving a 2021 PA Department of Agriculture – Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant. Urban agriculture was the theme for the event, which saw a dozen related vendors meet and greet guests at the district-owned park in Hollidaysburg, PA. Vendors included local businesses and farms such as Innovative Extracts (Portage), specializing in farm-to-table CBD, and Gahagan Farms (Williamsburg), which grows over 50 varieties of flowers.

In addition to vendors, the event also featured pumpkin painting, live animals, and the Blair County Dairy Princess. Retired educators Jean Sinal and Jody Wallace brought reptiles and a chicken to teach guests about native species and raising backyard chickens. The district aims to make this a regular event with an annually rotating theme.

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