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Fort Ticonderoga to host fall festival

Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival Sept. 29

 Fort Ticonderoga will host a Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival to celebrate the arrival of autumn. The event is slated for Saturday, Sept 29.

Fort Ticonderoga will host a Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival to celebrate the arrival of autumn. The event is slated for Saturday, Sept 29.

— Perry, of the University of Vermont, will talk about planting garden bulbs and the art of forcing bulbs to bloom in winter in his presentation “A Planting Primer for Spring Bulbs.”

The festival will also feature favorite local vendors including Harrington’s Greenhouse, with pumpkins, winter squash and unique gourds; Herbanna’s assortment of dried herbs, dip mixes, and other spice blends; Champlain Orchard’s apples, vegetables, and cider; handmade baskets by the Mountain Weavers' Guild; and Cabot Cheese will offer tastings of a wide selection of cheeses.

“The Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival will also highlight the role of horses as part of Fort Ticonderoga’s and the Champlain Valley’s history,” Hill said. “From farm horses to cavalry mounts, visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of these beautiful four-legged animals and learn about their important role in the region’s history. Demonstrations taking place throughout the day 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.”

Also on tap that day will be guided tours of the fort at 10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. and musket demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For a complete event schedule visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 585-2821.

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