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Crabtree Farms to host Fall Farm Fair Nov. 10

Old McDonald isn’t the only one with a farm.

Chattanooga’s downtown Crabtree Farms is hosting a Fall Farm Fair to help people discover the perks of farm life without Old McDonald. The event is Nov. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. at the farm, located at 1000 E. 30th St.

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A Crabtree Farms staff member shows a young visitor a goat during a visit to the farm. At the upcoming Fall Farm Fair, there will be a variety of activities for kids and adults that showcase the farm’s different features.

“We thought this event would be a really great opportunity to have a low-cost event for the community,” said Crabtree Farms programs coordinator Andrea Jaeger. “We wanted to do something that would be more accessible for people to get them out on the farm having fun.”

Admission to the fair costs $5 per person and includes access to free games and activities, farm tours, live music and a photo booth. Attendees can also pay for tickets to participate in activities like a pie eating contest, sack races, water relays, BB gun shooting and a cross country bike race. Anyone who bikes to the event will be admitted for free.

“The bike race is going to be huge,” said Jaeger. “The whole event is going to be a great opportunity for people to see Crabtree and meet people interested in supporting the farm. It’s a family-friendly event that you can participate in all day or for just a few hours.”

Fair attendees can bring their own food to fry in local lard or purchase bratwursts from The Missing Link. Hot mulled cider and beer will be on sale during the event.

All proceeds from the event will benefit educational and outreach programs Crabtree Farms provides for the community, according to Jaeger.

“Crabtree Farms is a teaching and research farm,” she said. “Our goals are to connect people with the local foodshed and to teach about sustainability.”

In addition to things like field trips and school seminars, Jaeger said the farm offers other opportunities for the community like workshops on gardening and feeding kids healthily.

For more information about Crabtree Farms visit www.crabtreefarms.org.

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