News Release 179

Fall Harvest Festival planned at Washington State Park Oct. 12

Volume 39-179 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Experience the splendor and fun of fall at the fourth annual Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Washington State Park near DeSoto. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will begin with a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by local Missouri artisans, crafters and hobbyists at the Big River Shelter.

The event will also include special performances by the musical group WildHeart at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This concert is funded by a grant from the Missouri Arts Council and has an entertaining message about nature and the environment for people of all ages.

Artisans will be on hand to demonstrate their crafts, providing a glimpse into some very interesting hobbies. A variety of crafts for children, hayrides and other activities for the whole family will also be available in the Big River day use area. Homemade food and crafts will be available for purchase.

The Fall Harvest Festival at Washington State Park is also a great opportunity to log miles as a part of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles challenge. To celebrate Missouri’s distinction as the “Best Trails State” by American Trails and to encourage Missourians to enjoy the outdoors, Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are inviting Missourians to join them in completing 100 Missouri Miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.

For more information and to take the Challenge, visit Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter.

Washington State Park is located 10 miles south of De Soto on State Hwy. 21. For more information, please call the park directly at 636-586-5768. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.