Festival near I-355 to focus on animals, farming
|Special to the Chicago Tribune
- August 6, 2008
Another sign of change in the still-bucolic regions of Homer Township is the constant roar of nearby Interstate Highway 355.
Ask Cathy Boo, whose 44-acre family farm nestles in the shadow of the superhighway near 151st Street and Gouger Road.
“I’m caught in the middle,” said Boo, who has seen much of the native farmland disappear as residential development continues to enlarge nearby Homer Glen. “It’s going to be hard to keep it as rural as I’d like to see it, but we’re going to keep all the land we can.”
So when community organizers asked Boo to lend out some of her farm animals for an upcoming fall festival to honor the area’s agricultural heritage, she was happy to oblige.
“I’ve got animals,” she said. “Whatever they want, they can have.”
The first Homer Harvest Days is scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14 at the newly restored Trantina Farm on 151st Street about a quarter-mile east of Gouger Road.
In addition to festival mainstays such as hayrides and a petting zoo, the event will feature antique tractor displays and live demonstrations of old-time farm activities such as sheep-shearing and butter-making.
“This community has a history of supporting our agricultural heritage and nature,” said event organizer Gail Snyder. “This is a strong component of our community, and this event will emphasize that.”
The Trantina Farm, set aside as open space as part of a deal between Homer Township and Homer Glen when the village was incorporated in 2001, will be officially dedicated during the event.
Also featured on the site is the mid-19th Century Austin-Welter Barn, which was moved from its old Bell Road location. The barn will be the site of children’s activities during the festival.
For more information, call 708-301-0632 or visit the festival Web site at www.homerharvestdays.org.
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