Old Baker Farm, in Harpersville, Ala., hosts the Cotton Pickin' Celebration every October // (c) 2007 Perry G. / Flickr.com
Old Baker Farm, in Harpersville, Ala., hosts the Cotton Pickin' Celebration every October // (c) 2007 Perry G. / Flickr.com
The Cotton Pickin' Celebration is held every October at Old Baker Farmer in Harpersville, Ala. // (c) 2006 Alby Headrick / Flickr.com
(c) 2006 Alby Headrick / Flickr.com

An antique tractor show and parade, live blue grass music and picking pumpkins and cotton are all part of the Cotton Pickin’ Celebration at Old Baker Farm in Harpersville, Ala. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27, the annual event takes place on a working farm that was established in 1899.

Leave your electronic devices at home, take a hayride through Dead Hollow Swamp, ride a pedal tractor or explore that barn that was built in 1919. Cattle, pigs, mules and horses are among the four-legged residents. Some are available for visitors to pet, some just to admire. Curly Horn, a ram is frequently a favorite of guests.

Here, Jerry Baker, a fourth-generation farmer, oversees the corn, cotton and pumpkin in the fields. And at this pumpkin patch, you get to select the one you want from the actual vine. You will get dirty and once you pick it, it is yours.

Old Baker Farm, in Harpersville, Ala., hosts the Cotton Pickin' Celebration every October // (c) 2007 Perry G. / Flickr.com
Old Baker Farm, in Harpersville, Ala., hosts the Cotton Pickin’ Celebration every October // (c) 2007 Perry G. / Flickr.com

Cotton Pickin’ Celebration Events

Corn, Cotton and Hay – All Available for Fun and Play
What do kids do on this farm? During they festival, their choices include: a cotton bounce, a cotton patch and a hay mountain. Favorite games are racing through a corn or hay maze. Pedal tractors are also available. Grown-ups can join in the fun; it’s the perfect location for “my life on the farm stories’’ real or imagined.

Local Artisans
Cotton Pickin’ Celebration showcases arts and crafts exhibitors from all over the South. Blacksmiths, woodworkers, fabric and canvas artists are on site.

Civil War Reenactment
A Civil War reenactment with a replica of an old fort will take place. Visitors can also explore High Banks Village, a traditional Indian Village in Dead Hollow Swamp.

Even if you can’t make it to the festival, the farm is open to the public starting Sept. 28. Like all farms that are open to the public, the schedule sometimes varies due to weather and other Mother Nature issues.

Harpersville, located 35 minutes from Birmingham, is also home to Morgan Creek Vineyards where fruit wines and Muscadine are produced. Visitors are welcome. www.Morgancreekwinery.com.

Admission to Cotton Pickin’ Celebration is $10 per person, children under two are free. Admission includes a pumpkin; horseback rides and food are available for an additional fee.

Location
Old Baker Farm; Harpersville, Alabama

Dates
Oct. 26 and 27, 2014

Cotton Pickin’ Celebration
www.oldbakerfarm.com

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