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  • Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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GAMBIER — The public is invited to celebrate the season at a free Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College.

Pumpkin decorating with OSU Master Gardeners, live music from the Clearfork Valley String Band, kids’ harvest races (at 3 p.m.) and horse-drawn wagon rides will be among the activities.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community to enjoy the center and our beautiful Knox County,” says Heather Doherty, BFEC Program Manager.

Some of the college’s international students will enliven the event by sharing how the harvest is celebrated around the world, while the Kenyon Review will offer a short activity that brings poetry into easy reach for anyone willing to try.

During the event, community members are also invited to enjoy the BFEC’s Knox County Nature Photography Contest show and vote on their favorite entries. According to Doherty, this will be the center’s 16th year hosting the contest. “Photography offers a great opportunity for taking the time to look and appreciate our natural wonders large and small.”

The Brown Family Environmental Center opened 1995 and serves the college and surrounding community through conservation and connecting people with nature. The center features a 500-acre preserve with a wildlife garden and eight miles of trail that are open dawn to dusk, plus free public programs. To view a complete event calendar, visit

The BFEC is located at 9781 Laymon Road outside of Gambier. To get there from downtown Mount Vernon, follow Gambier Street (Route 229) east for approximately four miles, and turn right on Laymon Road. For more information contact the center at 740-427-5052; or Doherty at

Published on October 9, 2013


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