The Fall Harvest Festival takes place on the three Saturdays following Thanksgiving day. The dates for 2013 are Nov 30, Dec 7th, & Dec 14th. This is a time to load up the family and spend a day "down on the farm". While you are visiting us, you will see the donkey working an old time cane press. Here you can learn about the process of extracting the juice from the sugar cane in preparation to make syrup. Just steps away is the outdoor syrup mill where the juice is boiling over a roaring fire with a sweet aroma that fills the air. Once you have learned about the syrup cooking and have become hungry from the sweet smell, take a trip to the kitchen. We serve homemade biscuits, syrup, sausage and milk gravy. We also offer a chip beef barbeque sandwich. After feeling like you have been to grandma's house you can return to the outdoors and listen to some blue grass and gospel music or take the children to the petting zoo.
If arts and crafts interest you we have that too! A special part of our craft area is the "Spinner and Weavers". They come each year with their spinning wheels and loom woven products to sale. From year to year we are blessed with different artists, such as watercolor artist, basket weaver and very talented wood workers. We feel that there is something for everyone!! After you have seen every thing and would like to sit for a while, take a ride on the hay wagon. We have hayrides leaving every 1/2-hour and the charge is $2.00 per person. The Royal Ambassador from Palestine Baptist Church uses all proceeds from the hayride for a mission project. This will give our young boys a "hands on" approach to mission work. Each year at the close of the season our R.A.s and their leaders come together to pray and discuss how the mission money will be best used.
Hours for the festival are from 8am ‘til 6pm but we recommend that if you want to experience all the activities you need to come between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Our kitchen closes at 3pm, the crafters start picking up around 3pm and the syrup is cooked by about 4pm and MUST come off the furnace. So come eat breakfast with us and make a day at “Grant Christmas Tree Farm and Syrup Mill”.