Celebrating the shift from the sweltering heat of summer to the cool pumpkin-primping temperatures of fall requires celebration, and the Idaho Botanical Garden's Harvest Festival 2012 is just the right seasonal soiree.
The first day of fall was Sept. 22. To celebrate, IBG invites visitors of all ages to celebrate the autumnal transformation in the shadow of the garden's foliage Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7, from noon-6 p.m. Live music, hayrides and IBG's straw-filled historical figures in the Scarecrow Stroll will create some fall-time fun.
A farmers market chock full of local vendors with fresh seasonal ingredients will assemble within the garden both days giving visitors a chance to purchase pumpkins, food, seasonal beers, wine and fresh-pressed apple cider.
On Saturday, the fiddle-wielding Jr. Jammers, Tyler Clayton featuring Quinn Perry and Grand Falconer will provide live music. On Sunday, Possum Livin' and High Desert Band will provide their boot-stompin' ditties.
A coop full of chickens will also join the festival, with urban gardening expert Gretchen Anderson, author of The Backyard Chicken Fight, on hand to answer questions.
A scale-model locomotive chugging along railroad lines that will run through the garden, courtesy of the Southern Idaho Garden Railway Society.