December 19, 2014

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Fall Foliage Tour: Country drive showcases rural way of life

Farms and other sites throughout the county are gearing up for this weekend’s Fall Foliage Tour.

This drive-it-yourself tour takes participants to agricultural, educational and historical sites that showcase the rural way of life in Medina County. The 10 sites will be open to visitors Satur­day and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Visitors can see how cider is made this weekend at the Apple Cabin, 7665 Lafayette Road, Lafayette Township. The 108-acre farm is one of 10 stops on the Fall Foliage Tour. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Visitors can see how cider is made this weekend at the Apple Cabin, 7665 Lafayette Road, Lafayette Township. The 108-acre farm is one of 10 stops on the Fall Foliage Tour. (COURTESY PHOTO)

This is the 30th time in the last 32 years the event has been held.

The organizers this year are the Medina County Park Dis­trict, the Medina County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Ohio State University Extension of Medina County, and the Medina County Con­vention & Visitors Bureau.

A route for the tour can be found on the Soil & Water Conservation District’s web­site, www.medinaswcd.org. Participants can start at any of the 10 sites, but the event’s organizers encourage them to follow the set route from that point — all right-hand turns — for traffic safety and flow.

The hosts are:

■ Pioneers in the Park at Buck­eye Woods Park, 6335 Wedg­wood Road (state Route 162), Lafayette Township. See demonstrations of pioneer crafts, skills and encamp­ments. There will be pioneer games and activities and blue­grass and dulcimer music.

■ Morning Star Farms, 9241 Friendsville Road, Westfield Township. View horse stables and corrals. Take a free hayride, stir apple butter and talk to a horse rescue agency.

■ Apple Cabin, 7665 Lafayette Road, Lafayette Township. This 108-acre farm is host to apple, peach and cherry trees. Take a hayride and watch how cider is made.

■ Richman Farms, 8018 Rich­man Road, Harrisville Town­ship. The Indoe family oper­ates this 700-acre farm, where they grow corn, soybeans and hay and collect sap for maple syrup. Participants will be able to see the new dairy milking barn that replaced the one destroyed by a tornado in 2007.

■ High Maple Farm, 9888 Congress Road, Harrisville Township. The Kovalik family, which owns the farm, will be operating old farm equipment and showing how farming was done in Medina County in the 1900s.

■ Eichel’s Christmas Tree Farm, 11844 Williams Road, Homer Township. Take a hayride through 24 acres of Christmas trees and also view a display of antique tractors.

■ Homerville Community Center, corner of state Route 301 and U.S. Route 224, Homer Township. Learn about the history of the community at this former school built in 1906 and about the Civil War from re-enactors.

■ Pine Crest Farms, New Lon­don Eastern Road, Spencer Township. Explore the barn­yard and stables and enjoy a hayride, hay maze, corn maze, petting zoo and farm equip­ment display.

■ Spencer Feed and Supply, 227 N. Main St., Spencer. Learn how cattle and horse feeds are made at this mill built in 1904.

■ Circle B Stables, 5815 Root Road, Spencer Township. Walk through the horse barn, sta­bles and tack room. Reining and competitive trail course demonstrations will be held each day.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.