On Saturday, October 15, Heritage Farmstead Museum of Plano hosted its fourth annual FarmFest, a fall family event celebrating the area’s cultural heritage.
Almost 700 guests gathered for the FarmFest event, a birthday party celebration for Heritage Farmstead Museum’s 125th anniversary. The event featured activities including wagon rides, a Wylie Tractor Club exhibit, kiddie tractor pull, tours of the Farmstead’s Farrell-Wilson house, children’s crafts and chicken poop bingo.
“This was a big year for Heritage Farmstead Museum and for our FarmFest event,” said Heritage Farmstead Museum Executive Director M’Lou Hyttinen. “We celebrated a huge milestone – 125 years! It was a wonderful day shared with members of our friendly community, our supportive local government, our generous sponsors and many friends of the farm!”
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Queen of the Collin County Jr. Livestock Association Morgan Normand led the Pledge of Allegiance at the event, which also featured a proclamation by City of Plano and presentation of a City of Plano flag to fly at the museum by Mayor Pro Tem Lissa Smith. Following the pledge and the proclamation by the city, Plano West FFA served cake to guests from Carlos Bakery.
The FarmFest event also featured a pumpkin patch set up in the Farmstead’s beautiful, historic meadow. The North 40 Storytellers Guild also presented “Folk Tales and Farm Tales” as part of the event.
“This event provided an opportunity to reflect on the Farmstead’s rich heritage, and to celebrate the future to come,” added Hyttinen.
Farm Fest event supporters and sponsors included Raising Canes, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Carlos Bakery, the City of Plano, Plano West FFA, the Heritage Farmstead Museum Craft Ladies, the Wylie Tractor Club, BT Furnishings, St. Mark Catholic School, Rick and Jane Fambro, Crown Trophy, Classic Heating and Air, Plano Children’s Theater, Jackson Roofing, Allee Oops Photography, Photography by Misty, Third Coast Bank, Sam’s Club #8299, Boy Scouts of America Circle Ten Council, Plano Urgent Care, Cryo Treatment Room, AAI Trophies and Awards, Designer Door and Window, Sergeant Fifty-Five Insurance and RE, Top Notch Landscaping LLC, Chamberlain School of Ballet, Faith Lutheran School, the Plano Community Emergency Resource Team (CERT), Two Men and A Truck, Carefree Colors, Marvel Dental Smile, MoonBeam Designs and Interiors, Junior League of Collin County, Collin County Master Gardeners, Plano Garden Club and the Short Family.
Farmfest recap information provided by Heritage Farmstead Museum.
Shown in feature photo at top: Front Row: Steve and Debbie Barron, Kathy Strobel (Director of Development at Heritage Farmstead Museum), Mayor Pro Tem Lissa Smith, M’Lou Hyttinen (Executive Director at Heritage Farmstead Museum, Joan Biggerstaff (Heritage Farmstead Museum Founder). 2nd Row: Rick Fambro, Council member Tom Harrison, Cathy Smith, Angela Miner, Kelley Palmer, Rick Grady, Alex Pelt // photo by Janelle Twyford-Silvis