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September 22, 1997

Banana Slug String Band headlines fourth annual Harvest Festival

Shea McElroy picks a pumpkin at last year's Harvest Festival
By Jennifer McNulty

Put on your dancing shoes, grab the kids, and head for the UCSC Farm on Saturday, October 4, where the fourth annual Harvest Festival will get under way at 11 a.m. This year's festival coincides with the 30th anniversary of the UCSC Farm & Garden, and organizers have pulled out all the stops to guarantee a spectacular day of fun, live music, and tasty food.

Headlining this year's celebration of the harvest is Santa Cruz's own Banana Slug String Band. This popular group delights both adults and children with its unique blend of original music and environmental education. The band's one-hour performance begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by Mr. Hedge on the musical saw and the Cajun dance tunes of Jr. Buclieu and the I-10s.

Activities for children will include hayrides, potato printing, face and pumpkin painting, cornhusk dollmaking, and games of Find-the-Peanut-in-the-Haystack. Gardeners are encouraged to pick up tips from the experts at several workshops, and a winter squash tasting will take the mystery out of lesser-known varieties like delicata, red curry, and sweet dumpling. Docent-led tours of the Farm will depart at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. In addition, community groups will have informational displays, Farm merchandise and organic produce will be available for purchase, and door prizes will be presented throughout the day. (Full schedule).

Admission to the festival is $5; admission is free for children under 12 and members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, which is sponsoring the event.

The Farm is located 1/4 mile up the gravel road above the Blacksmith Shop; free public parking is available across the street from the Blacksmith Shop in the Physical Plant parking lot.

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