Come visit with some of our local reptiles! Can turtles really leave their shells like they do in the cartoons? Are snakes really slimy? Learn more about our wonderful scaly friends and find out for yourself as you meet these animals up close!
Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson of Eyes On Owls while they share their passion for owls! “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World” will introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond. This multigenerational program is sponsored by the Manchester Public Library, the Manchester Council on Aging, and the Manchester Community Center.
Dorothy will be jumping on a hayride with you to take you down the Yellow Brick Road where she will encounter her other friends from the Wizard of Oz throughout the apple orchards. A famous Smolak Farms cider donut and pumpkin will be complimentary with the adventure!
Come to Appleton Farms for a celebration of all things cows: The October Cow Festival! There’s music, hands-on educational dairy activities, a dairy quest and tours of the dairy barn during milking time. The main event – the cow parade – features our herd of milking jersey cows and our Topsfield Fair award-winning heifers and calves (in costume!). The festival ends with fresh local ice cream!
Come to the Pumpkin Festival at Smolak Farms. We will celebrate with a very large selection of pumpkins in our pumpkin patch along with some Hide N' Seek pumpkins that will have a free gift inside! Perhaps you will be the lucky winner!
Come enjoy a family afternoon with DJ music, cookout, chicken bingo with $100 cash prize, and silent auction. Visit with our dogs in training and our resident donkey “Mary” - don’t forget your hat! All proceeds help Service Dog and their efforts to donate Balance and Mobility dogs for those in need.
This weekend is a very special weekend at Smolak Farms. Be the first to pick delicious apples from the Antique Apple Orchard such as the Sheepnose, Sops of Wine, Granny Smith, Pink Pearl, Cortland or Baldwin apples during the group educational tours. Have a chance to meet Johnny Appleseed who will be sharing his legendary tale and posing for photos while providing tours throughout the orchards.
Saturday, October 8 - Monday, October 10, 2011 10 AM - 4 PM
The Topsfield Fair is a perrenial favorite for us. We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two. We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'. Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.
No visit to the fair would be complete without attending at least one show in the arena, where you'll find numerous events that define the fair like The Giant Pumpkin Contest, Antique Farm Tractor Pulling, Horse and Oxen Pulling, the Draft Horse Show, the Clydesdale Hitch or even a Figure 8 Car Race!
PEM hosts a weekend-long festival focused on surrealism and absurdity.Step into the surreal and experiment with Surrealist techniques, experience dreamlike films and make friends with odd creatures from Big Nazo. Through art activities, demonstrations, story times, guided exhibit tours, film and interactive demonstrations, participants will walk away with a better understanding of the surrealism and its effect onb our our society.