The Stratford Ecological Center promises a "down on the farm" experience for those attending its annual harvest fair next weekend.

The Stratford Ecological Center promises a "down on the farm" experience for those attending its annual harvest fair next weekend.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the center at 3083 Liberty Road. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 through 12.

The fair will have something for everyone, said volunteer coordinator Jane Walsh, and many activities that can be experienced by entire families.

"It's truly a fun day for the entire family, a time for people to come and just have a good time," Walsh said.

Farm animals will be out for petting and children can take turns feeding chickens. Horse-drawn wagon rides are planned. Mustang horses, which were popular last year, will be back, she said. New this year will be a border collie demonstration.

For those wanting to try their hand at crafts, the list of available projects includes candle-dipping, broom-making, cattail-weaving and yarn-spinning. Families also can help make apple cider, with a promised taste at the end, she said.

A living history area will be set up by the center's pond. Kites and old-fashioned games will be part of a "Kid's World" area in the pasture.

Also scheduled are live musical entertainment and a puppet show.

A live auction will begin at noon, Walsh said, with items such as goats, meat and center classes going on the auction block.

Available food will include "Stratford" brats, hot dogs, pizza and pulled pork barbecue by Henry Banks.

"This is our biggest event of the year and raises money for the center," Walsh said.