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Get Down on the Farms Days, the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau event designed to promote local farms and tap their tourism potential, returns this weekend and again Oct. 1 and 2.
Nine Harrison County farms will feature activities and showcase products while celebrating ‘our farm heritage and the rebirth it has had through everyday people’s desire to reconnect with a natural way of life,’ a statement from the CVB said.
‘This is a unique event in the fact that, yes, we want tourists to come here, but there is not a huge recognition of these farms in this community,’ said Sean Hawkins, tourism director for the CVB.
‘Last year, I think it was an excellent start because it put some of these farms on the map and got them into the tourism process,’ he said.
Participating farms include Turtle Run Winery, The Fun Farm and Richmer Farm, near Lanesville; Scout Mountain Farm and Angel Pine Nursery, all near Corydon; Alpacas at Flatwood Farm and Apple Valley Greenhouses, both near New Salisbury; the Kiesler Farm near Palmyra; and Churchill’s Countryside Farm near Depauw.
Those farms will give away both decorative and edible wares ranging from mums to pumpkins.
Wine tasting and vineyard tours will be available at Turtle Run. Apple Valley will offer cooking classes and fall decorations. Churchill’s has created a four-acre corn maze. Angel Pine will have 1,000 varieties of hostas for viewing and 250 for sale.
‘To the CVB, this is an exciting process because the farmers involved in this are working together to bring visitors and referring one another. In the two years since we began working with these farms, I think we’ve seen drastic improvement in their marketing,’ Hawkins said.
‘Brian Churchill would like to tell you that he is a better farmer than he is a marketer, but through working with the CVB, they are in 75,000 visitor guides a year,’ Hawkins said.
‘These visitor opportunities are helping us keep visitors in the county longer, which helps our tax base,’ he said.
Maps to participating farms are available at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center and online at www.tourindiana.com.

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