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Fort Ticonderoga to host autumn festival

Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival Sept. 28

Fort Ticonderoga will celebrate fall in the Adirondacks with its Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival. The day-long event will be held Saturday, Sept. 28.

Fort Ticonderoga will celebrate fall in the Adirondacks with its Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival. The day-long event will be held Saturday, Sept. 28.

Fort Ticonderoga will celebrate fall in the Adirondacks with its Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival.

The day-long event will be held Saturday, Sept. 28.

“Join Fort Ticonderoga to celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of fall,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ti CEO and president. “Bring the whole family to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival for a full day of autumn fun set in the midst of the King’s Garden’s heirloom apple trees and the beautiful Adirondack landscape. Experience the power and thunder of hooves through demonstrations of equestrian sports; take part in family-fun activities including horse drawn wagon rides and sack races; and explore the splendor of the King’s Garden at the harvest market.”

The Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival will include a harvest market, a horticulture program, an equine demonstration, “Localvore” and the fort’s Heroic Maze.

The harvest market will be held in the King’s Garden.

“Set in the King’s Garden’s floral scenery will be a lively and colorful harvest market, plus games and activities for all,” said Heidi Karkoski, Fort Ticonderoga’s director of horticulture. “Get ready for fall culinary and decorating desires with an array of fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, gourds, jams and jellies, and other fall favorites.”

The horticulture program will be delivered by herbalist and educator Nancy Scarzello. Offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the program will discuss the best ways to prepare roots, leaves and flowers for drying, freezing and preserving for teas and seasonings all winter.

The equine demonstrations will involve sporting horses as well as working steeds.

“The Heritage, Harvest and Horse Festival will also feature demonstrations of equestrian sports and working horses alike,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga’s director of interpretation. “From farm horses to cavalry mounts, meet some of these beautiful four-legged animals as you tour around the fort’s garrison grounds and gardens.”

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