Forest Festival Features Pints, Hikes and Local Products

Forest Festival Features Pints, Hikes and Local Products

Forest Festival Features Pints, Hikes and Local Products, Nebraska Extension Acreage Insights for August 1, 2018, https://communityenvironment.unl.edu/forest-festival
There is something for everyone at the Forest Festival at Horning State Farm near Plattsmouth.

Whether or not fall is your favorite season, it’s hard to deny its redeeming quality in Nebraska. After the seemingly endless weeks of borderline 100 degree days and near 100 percent humidity, fall is almost better than a day on the lake. If summer is the time to soak it all in, then fall is a certainly the time to take a load off. Fortunately for you, the Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) is putting on a free event to help you bask in all things autumn.

Date: October 27
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Horning Farm, Plattsmouth, NE

On October 27th, we are hosting our annual Forest Festival—celebrating Nebraska’s growers, producers, and artisans during national forest products week. Vendors from around the area will be on hand, showcasing and selling their locally-produced products.

To help generate some additional buzz, we asked Plattsmouth-based business The Hop Yard to offer specialty cocktails and pints for purchase. To top it off we are also offering free half-day workshops on managing black walnut trees for top value and how to grow hazelnuts for personal or commercial use (registration requested).

Some may recognize the Forest Festival is a revival of the once popular "Forestry Field Day" at Horning Farm. We shifted our focus to not only share the benefits of trees for Nebraska, but to highlight the environmentally conscious efforts of educators, businesses, and communities.

Mark your calendars, load up kids (no pets, please), and join us for a pint and a hike at the 240-acre Horning Farm Demonstration Forest. There are likely more stifling days ahead, but at least now you have something “cool” to look forward to.

  • Trails open for hiking – (all day)
  • Walnut Management and Harvest Workshop (9 AM – 12 PM)
  • Hazelnut Workshop (9 AM – 12 PM)
  • Vendors/Marketplace (10 AM – 4 PM)
  • Nature-palooza (11 AM – 2 PM)
  • Beer garden and food (11 AM – 3 PM)

More information and registration for the half-day workshops can be found at nfs.unl.edu/workshops. Are you interested in being a vendor? It is also free and you can learn more nfs.unl.edu/vendors.

This event is free and open to the public. Horning State Farm Demonstration Forest is located at 2106 Horning Rd Plattsmouth, NE 68048 (1.65 miles east of the interaction of US 34/75 and Horning Road). The entrance is on the north side of the highway.

Nebraska Forest Service
Kyle Martens
Communications Specialist - Nebraska Forest Service

The Nebraska Forest Service strives to enrich lives by protecting, restoring and utilizing Nebraska's tree and forest resources.

Contact Kyle at:
Nebraska Forest Service
202C Forestry Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0815
(402) 413-9248