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Harvest Festival at Garrett Williamson: Fun For the Whole Family

Newtown Square Friends & Neighbors, September 2022

Did you know that Newtown Square is home to a sprawling 240-acre hidden gem on Bishop Hollow Rd? Perhaps you’ve noticed a few cows grazing in a pasture on your way to the Newtown Edgmont Little League fields. Or you may have seen the sign on the side of the road that says Garrett Williamson. But have you ever wondered what is tucked back around the curve and down that long driveway?

If you’re curious, you’ll have the opportunity to find out this fall as Garrett Williamson hosts its 2nd annual Harvest Festival. Everyone is invited to the family-friendly festivities from 11am–3pm on Saturday, October 15th (rain date: Sunday, October 16th). 

The Harvest Festival will be an afternoon of fun for the whole family. Visitors will enjoy hayrides, pumpkin decorating, barn tours, children’s games and activities, garden tours and nature hikes. Pumpkins, vegetables and flowers will also be available for purchase at Urban Roots Farm. And if you’re hungry, there will be food trucks on hand and refreshments will also be available for purchase. 

Last year’s Harvest Festival helped raise money for Garrett Williamson’s Agricultural Education Programs. Garrett Williamson is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide access to high-quality educational and recreational programs, offer families in need with financial support and foster loving connections within the community. All proceeds from this year’s event will directly benefit and support this mission. 

Since the mid-1980s, the Garrett Williamson preserve has been home to the Garrett’s Way Childcare and Learning Center, serving infants six weeks of age through kindergarten. And every summer, there’s Camp Garrett, which serves youth ages 5 through 15 years. These award-winning programs take place on a beautiful 240-acre farm that raises alpacas, horses, sheep, chickens and goats. This land also grows crops of fruits, vegetables and flowers, and serves as an educational space for our community.

Giselle Cosentino is the Director of Community Initiatives at Garrett Williamson and is excited to invite the community to explore and enjoy this hidden gem. “Last year’s event attracted nearly 700 visitors to our beautiful property for an afternoon of hayrides, pumpkin decorating, animal interactions, straw maze adventures, children’s activities and nature hikes,” she said. “We will have all of those activities this year, plus music and food trucks! We hope you’ll join us for a quality family-friendly fall experience.”

Admission is $30 per vehicle at the entrance and $5 per person for hayrides. The entrance fee includes barn tours, garden activities, nature hikes, straw maze, the bounce house and music. Food/drinks and the cost of a pumpkin for decorating are additional. There will be some early bird deals, so be sure to follow Garrett Williamson on Facebook for a special discount presale announcement. Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available as well. If you want to learn more, email Giselle at Giselle@GarrettWilliamson.org. 

Garrett Williamson is located at 395 Bishop Hollow Rd, Newtown Square. For more information about how to get involved, please call 610-353-7690 or visit their website at www.GarrettWilliamson.org.