The first weekend in November…. We LOVE this weekend. Here is a list of only some of the events we are attending. We hope you will join us or find your own way to support local producers and events.
These are great things to do, and surely there is something nearby for you to do. They are great for spending time outside the home as a family. They are educational and wholesome without you having to try and make them be so.
And, of course, it supports local families and the local economy, so you really just cannot go wrong. Only one of the events we are going to has an entry fee – and it is so small you probably have enough change in your vehicle to get you in the door!
The Soule Live Steam Festival: See an old steam factory at work, and so much more. Live demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, pottery, broom-making, and so much more – not to mention, of course, dozens of steam powered engines doing all sorts of neat tasks. In the past we have seen steam powered saws, corn mills, belt drivers, and who knows what else.
Meridian RailFest: At the Meridian Train Station, only a block away from the Steam Festival. Everything from a humongous model train set (Article about our visit in 2008), train cars that you can explore, a train museum and other activities. A must for any train-happy child.
Earth’s Bounty: This is a once-per-month huge expansion of the normal Farmer’s Market. This is right next to the Train Station, making these top 3 events easy to visit. Local farmers, producers and craftsmen will be on had with their handiwork and fresh produce.
Homemaker Craft Show and Sale: Just what it sounds like – a huge… huge… craft show. Everything from bows, baked goods, soaps, huge quilts, carvings and furniture will be on hand, or at least that is what we have seen before. This is the only event listed here that has an entry fee. But for $1, just walking around and seeing the handiwork is worth it, but I am sure you can easily find something to buy.
So, again, we hope you can come enjoy these events with us. There are certainly a lot more events happening, these are just the ones we like to hit. The Soule Live Steam Festival website lists others. So, go out and support your neighbors and have a really fun time while you do it!