Sunday rain cuts short popular McCully’s fall harvest festival

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Clydesdales Maddie, right, and Charlie and driver Aubrey Ross take a break after bringing a group up to the barn during the fall harvest festival at McCully’s Hill Farm on Saturday October 26, 2019 in St. Marys, Ont. Terry Bridge/Stratford Beacon Herald/Postmedia Network

Terry Bridge / Terry Bridge/The Beacon Herald

ST. MARYS – A popular fall-themed farm event near Stratford was cut short this past weekend due to inclement weather.

Saturday ended up being the final day for McCully’s Hill Farm’s fall harvest festival as it was cancelled Sunday due to rain. But dozens of people, including several families with young children, showed up Saturday to the popular St. Marys area facility to check out its various animals and activities.

Neil Sutherland made the trek up from Stratford along with son Nathan, 3.

“It’s awesome,” he said while Nathan pretended to drive a John Deere lawn tractor. “We do it every year.”

The festival ran all four October weekends. Rika Aarts, part of the family that runs McCully’s, said up until Saturday the festival was a popular draw.

“It’s been really good,” she said of the turnout. “The weather’s been cold, but not a lot of rain.”

The lower level of the farm featured a straw fort, corn maze, photo cut-outs, and a goat.

“Only one goat left out there,” Aarts said with a chuckle. “(But) then you go up to the barn and there’s animals up in the barn and a tractor ride up the hill.”

Clydesdales Maddie and Charlie and driver Aubrey Ross took participants up the steep hill to the barn, which housed a variety of animals including chickens, rabbits and horses. By Saturday afternoon, though, Aarts had a feeling that could have been the festival finale.

“(Sunday’s) supposed to be bad weather,” she said. “We’ll see what happens, they’re not always right.”

It turns out prognostications of poor weather were accurate.

tbridge@postmedia.com



 


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