November 23-25, 2012
Friday and Saturday, 9 A.M. To 9 P.M.
& Sunday, 12 noon to 5 P.M.
25th Annual Homestead Fair
This year, The Ploughshare together with Homestead Heritage is cosponsoring the 25th annual Homestead Fair on Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday – Sunday, November 23-25, 2012. We invite you to attend.
Activities for the Entire Family
Everyone in the family can watch, learn about and participate in a wide variety of activities, including milking a goat, making soap, helping to raise a timber frame barn, preparing and spinning cotton into yarn or watching a master craftsman fashion a fine Windsor chair straight from a rough log. Other activities include hands-on projects, sheepdog herding, horse farming, pottery, blacksmithing, woodworking, quilting, weaving, spinning, basketry, boot making, cheese making and much, much more.
Sample the multicultural dishes from our food court—from hamburgers to Israeli falafels, sourdough pizzas, tacos and gorditas, egg rolls and more, all home made fresh from the farm. Enjoy a delicious sorghum pecan ice-cream cone, apple cider donuts, or a bag of kettle corn while touring our farm on a horse-drawn hay wagon.
Children especially enjoy the hands-on activities, in which they can learn to:
- make a candle
- weave a basket
- build a bird feeder
- make a toy sailboat
- weave a coaster
- hand-hammer a brass spoon
- shell popcorn
- braid a dog leash
- or many others
Adults can try their hand, too, and one of the high points of the Fair is parents working with their children on these projects.
Seminars on Sustainability
The Fair also features a number of in-depth and practical seminars on sustainability. Most seminars last about 30-40 minutes, with a time for questions afterward. Topics are still being finalized in preparation for the Fair, but the preliminary list includes:
- Seminars on important aspects of sustainable culture
- Small-scale family farming
- Sustainable gardening
- Raising and caring for backyard chickens and other poultry
- Food preservation
- Cheese and bread making
- Sustainable energy
- Sustainable building with local materials
- Creative writing workshop, and more.
Music and Singing
Lively and moving music is a central part of the Fair, with our bluegrass musicians, our Homestead orchestra and adult’s and children’s choirs.
Unique Opportunities for Holiday Shopping
You will also find unique opportunities for holiday shopping with a great variety of unique hand-crafted items, from soaps to leather goods to pottery, quilts and other products made by our craftsmen and children.
Parking passes—good for all three days of the Fair—are available for $10.00 per vehicle on site, or you can pre-order them for $7.00 online. There is no entrance fee.
More Information about the Fair
For more information, including driving directions, camping and lodging information, food and events at the fair, visit the Homestead Fair website at:
We hope to see you at the fair.
3 Responses to “Homestead Fair – Thanksgiving Weekend”
We attended the 25th Homestead fair. It was our very first time to go to the Homestead Fair. The whole family (three generations) came away blessed, inspired and encouraged. What a wonderful weekend! Everyone we met was so friendly, kind and helpful. My elderly father was attended to by the staff so sweetly, providing golf cart rides when he tired of walking. Each of us enjoyed the music sessions so much, we didn’t miss a single one! It will be a new family tradition on Thanksgiving weekend.
Thank you for sharing your community with the greater community.
Grace and peace,
The only day I was able to go to the Festival this year (Friday, 23 Nov.) was a day that I will not soon forget! From the Barn Raising to the Pasta Making; from watching the young boys and men press the apples for cider, to the amazing Concert – and, the many crafts that we were blessed to see. I commend you for teaching your children from a very young age how to do the things required around the home. They are such sweet, sweet children. You are a blessed people and you in turn bless others! Thank You! I have yet to drive on the grounds of Brazos de Dios and want to leave. Oh how I hate to return home after being there. You inspire me to live a more simple, humble life. Thank you for all the very valuable information that you are willing to share with us.
May God Richly Bless you and reward you for all your efforts!
I truly enjoyed the sense of sharing and the sheer joy of the children at play with boundless energy. My wife and daughter along with our grandchildren took part in lots of the day’s events. My daughter, Sara, has a small twenty acre farm north of Waco and she is committed to the organic life and she and I will be taking classes at the Homestead in the spring of next year. I have retired from a life in academics and plan to return to my former life as a farmer and cowboy from my younger years in the Texas Panhandle.
I look forward to getting to know more of your community.
Blessings to all.