TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga and the King's Garden will celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of fall on Saturday with the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival.
The event includes demonstrations of equestrian sports and working horses, family fun activities including sack races, the annual plant sale and harvest market at the King's Garden - a Colonial Revival garden built in celebration of the fort's 18th-century garrison garden - and the fort's Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure, where visitors explore the six-acre corn maze designed in the shape of the fort and find their way through by selecting the correct answers to clues connected to the fort's history.
The program is included in the cost of admission: $17.50 for adults, $14 for seniors 62 and up, $8 for children 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and under.
(Photo courtesy of Fort Ticonderoga)
Featured in the King's Garden will be horticulture expert Leonard Perry of the University of Vermont, talking about planting garden bulbs and the delicate art of forcing bulbs to bloom in winter in his presentation "A Planting Primer for Spring Bulbs."
The Heritage Harvest and Horse Festival will also highlight the role of horses as part of Fort Ticonderoga's and the Champlain Valley's history. From farm horses to cavalry mounts, visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of these animals. Demonstrations include the production of hay bales with a 19th-century horse-powered hay press. Visitors will also see how cavalry troops used horses in battle and learn how horses were used in the traditional English sport of fox hunting.
Fort Ticonderoga is open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. For a complete event schedule, visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.
All events take place in or near the King's Garden.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Plant Sale and Harvest Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Heroic Corn Maze open
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Grilled items and drinks available
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Talk with Leonard Perry
Noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Horse presentations
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Garden tours
12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.: Sack races