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Celebrate Fall at 'Old-Timey' Festival

Experience butter churning, scarecrow making and more at the Fall Heritage Festival in Arlington.

Make corn husk dolls, try fresh apple cider, watch butter churning and candle dipping at Arlington’s Gulf Branch Nature Center this weekend. 

“It’s always a lot of fun,” said Jennifer Soles, a naturalist at the nature center. “It’s been going for so many years that people who went when they were kids are now bringing their kids.”

The Fall Heritage Festival, which has been going on longer then Soles can remember, typically draws several hundred people. Children and adults can stop at various old-timey stations for scarecrow making — the hay provided, but you may want to bring your own clothes, Soles said.

“At a lot of festivals, you pay an entrance fee and it’s all demonstrations, but this is a lot of hands-on activity,” Soles said. “You can walk out of there with a candle you hand dipped yourself or butter you churned. There are a lot of activity stations instead of demonstration stations.”

Andrew Acosta & the New Old-Time String Band will also perform.

“It’s great for kids and adults,” Soles said.

The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gulf Branch Nature Center at 3608 N. Military Road. Tickets are $5 per person. Children under 3 enter for free.

For details, call 703-228-3403. The center's parking lot is closed for the event. On-street parking is available on Military Road and 36th Road North.

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