Homestead Fair 2020

Date Change, Due to Weather Now Dec. 5 and 6
We are disappointed to announce that with the rainy weather this weekend we have had to postpone the fair to this coming weekend, Dec. 5 and 6. The rainfall amounts were significant enough that we were not able to park on our fields and since so much of the fair is outdoors, we weren’t able to hold most of our activities.
We are so sorry about this but weather is a bit out of our control!
For any who have already bought tickets, all tickets will be good for this coming weekend, Dec. 5 & 6. If you’re unable to make it this coming weekend, please email info@homesteadfair.com for a refund.

COVID-19 Update
We are excited to announce that we have received approval from county officials to hold our annual Thanksgiving fair! As a precaution in light of COVID-19, we will not be allowed to hold any music concerts this year but most other activities and seminars will still be held. To help keep all of our attendees safe and healthy we will be instituting the following precautions and safety measures:

  • Handwashing and hand sanitizing stations all throughout the fairgrounds
  • All vendors interacting directly with fair attendees will wear masks
  • All staff interacting directly with attendees will have a temperature check every morning
  • Masks will be required in all seminars
  • Food and check out lines will be spaced and marked for social distancing measures
  • Frequently touched items such as door knobs and handles will be sanitized throughout the day

We feel that this outdoor event will provide a safe environment for our friends, far and near, to enjoy themselves during this difficult time. We ask all attendees to please be careful not to come if you have any signs of sickness and to please follow all precautionary guidelines at the fair. We are looking forward to seeing you here!

We hope you can join us for our 33rd annual fair! Watch a cow being milked, lend a hand at the old-fashioned timber frame barn raising and watch a master craftsman fashion a fine Windsor chair straight from a rough log! Afterwards, sample one of the multicultural dishes from the food court or maybe lick a delicious maple pecan ice-cream cone while touring our farm on a horse-drawn hay wagon.

Browse the daily schedule for a complete list of make-your-own projects and demonstrations—including sheepdog work, horse farming, pottery making, blacksmithing, woodworking, quilting, weaving, spinning, basketry, cheese making and much, much more… See you at the Fair!

The dates for the Fair are December 5th and 6th, 2020, Saturday and Sunday, one week after Thanksgiving.
On Saturday, the Fair opens at 9:00 AM and closes at 7:00 PM.
On Sunday, the Fair opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.

The fair is located at:
608 Dry Creek Rd
Waco, Texas 76705
For map and directions, click here.

The fairgrounds are handicap accessible. Visit this page for more info

To order your admission tickets online, at a reduced rate. Click Here

 


Craft Demonstrations

Each day in the craft pavilion, you’ll find a wide variety of ongoing homestead craft demonstrations – woodworking with hand tools, pottery, sewing, quilting, spinning, weaving, broom making, basket making, leatherwork and more.

Shopping

While you’re here, plan to do some Christmas shopping. We have hundreds of handcrafted gifts and specialty items from which to choose.

Agricultural Exhibits

At Heritage Farm, our working homestead, watch agricultural demonstrations including draft horse farming, sheep herding with a sheepdog, cow and goat milking, butter and cheese making and brick-oven bread baking, as well as exhibits on beekeeping, poultry raising, farm animals and more.

Music

Gather under the music tent with us for gospel songs, bluegrass music and more each afternoon of the Fair, as well as Friday and Saturday evenings.

No Concerts due to COVID

Activities for Children

For everyone, we offer Make-Your-Own projects, including beeswax candle dipping, felting, making soap balls, learning to cross-stitch, shaping a wooden spatula and many more.

Seminars

The seminars at the fair are presented by The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture, which is the educational branch of the Homestead Heritage community. It is dedicated to perpetuating a sense of intentional community, which includes rediscovering the knowledge and skills that can provide for essential human needs (both socially and spiritually as well as materially) on a sustainable basis.

Outdoor Food

Throughout each day we offer tasty food at our outdoor concession booths and kiosks. Try a sizzling beef sausage-on-a-stick or a spicy, grilled chicken gordita. Sample our fresh pizza baked in a brick oven or try one of our specialty flavors of ice cream.

And Much More!

You’ll also find horse-drawn hayrides, artwork, children’s writings, children’s books, Homestead Farms specialty foods, solid wood furniture, an audiovisual presentation, a baked goods sale and more!

At the Working Homestead

  • Draft Horse Farming
  • Sheepdog Demonstration

In the Craft Pavilion Area

  • Wood Carving
  • Working Wood by Hand
  • Wheel-Thrown Pottery

In the Music Tent

  • Children’s Choirs
  • Evening Music

No Concerts due to COVID

On the Fairgrounds

  • Horse-Drawn Hayrides
  • Apple Cider Pressing
  • Candle Dipping
  • Barn Raising
  • Homestead Gristmill
  • Toy Sailboats

At the Food Court

  • Brick Oven Pizza
  • Hamburgers & Fries
  • Maple Pecan Ice Cream
  • Hot Apple Cider

At the Homeschool Bookstore

  • Children’s Writings
  • Children’s Books

BARN RAISING

Come give us a hand on Friday and Saturday as we raise and assemble a historic barn frame using traditional hand methods.

HISTORIC BUILDINGS TOUR

Allow time to take the historic buildings walking tour, to see buildings including a 1760’s New Jersey barn, an 1830’s Missouri cabin and an 1860’s New York smokehouse.

RESTORED GRISTMILL

Be sure to walk over to Homestead Gristmill, our 1760’s restored gristmill where we grind whole wheat flour and cornmeal.

 

See you at the Fair!