Spring Family Festival at Rose Hill Manor Park

Spring Family Festival at Rose Hill Manor Park
by Danielle M. Angeline

This spring, along with blooming crocuses and daffodils, so are festivals. One affordable family-oriented festival that should not be missed is the Spring Family Festival at Rose Hill Manor Park. Located at 1611 North Market Street, in Frederick, MD, the Festival will take place on Saturday, April 23, 10AM-4PM and Sunday, April 24, 12 noon- 4PM. Parking costs $1.00.
The main focus of the park is to introduce hands-on history for children and their families to the regional heritage through the study of 19th Century life. At the Spring Family Festival there will be take-home craft activities, museum tours, farm animals, tractor-pulls, hay rides, home style food and much more.
Take-home craft activities are .25 cents per ticket, where children can participate in making period toss-and-catch wooden toys, mini-pot wind chimes, foil punching and graces, which are decorated hoops and dowels then the children will be taught how to play graces with what they have made. There is also a kinder-korner for pre-school ages. All crafts and manor activities start at noon.
According to Jim Harbaugh, President of Frederick County Farm Museum Association, "The tractor-pull event is a big draw. The Festival has something for everyone". On Saturday at 10AM there will be the antique tractor-pull operated by the Central Maryland Antique Tractor Club. Club rules can be found at www.cmatc.org. There will be approximately seventy antique tractors on display ranging from 2,700 lbs. to 10,000 lbs. One of the highlights of this event will be the pedal tractor-pull for kids on Sunday at 1PM.
Rose Hill Manor Park features several museums. Take an exciting and educational tour for just $3.00 per person. The tour is lead by costumed Museum Interpreters who are trained in both educational, historical, and age appropriate information. The Children's Museum also known as the Manor House, emphasizes hands-on experiences specifically for children of all ages. The Carriage Museum, The Farm Museum and the Blacksmith Shop are open and free to the public. Blacksmithing demonstration will occur periodically throughout the day.
A variety of farm animals will be on view in relation to early American life in Frederick County. The Farm Museum Association will be on hand to answer any questions.
For a nominal fee, enjoy a beautiful springtime hay ride then a scrumptious lunch of home-style food. The Spring Family Festival at Rose Hill Manor Park may last for only one weekend but there are a variety of events to attend from April to October. For more detailed information, call 301-694-1650 or visit www.rosehillmuseum.com.