PIQUA — As September fades into October and green gives way to gold, Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is preparing to welcome the arrival of autumn with its popular Fall Celebration.
“This is something we’ve done off and on for a long time,” said site manager Andy Hite. “It’s been around in one form or another for a good while. It’s just a good family event to come out and enjoy the fall weather.
“It’s always been a fairly popular event, people tend to stay for the whole day and we tend to have plenty of things going on to keep people occupied.”
The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with a presentation in the Indian & Canal Museum that will cover the role of John Johnston in the early years of the War of 1812.
“We’ll be concentrating on an event called the Council of Piqua, then we’ll tie that in with one of our staff members, Marla Fair, who has been working on a series of books about the Johnstons,” Hite said.
Fair will preview and sign copies of her her latest book, “A Measure Taken: John Johnston in the War of 1812,” as well as discuss the research process to complete such a historical work.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of Fair’s book will go back to Johnston Farm.
The Fall Celebration also will offer visitors an assortment of games, demonstrations, tours of the Johnston homestead, and other activities including rides aboard the General Harrison canal boat.
There will be two boat rides, the first at 1 p.m., which will travel north to Lock 8 and return to the landing. The second ride at 2:30 p.m. will travel the entire length of the farm’s section of the Miami and Erie Canal to give passengers a taste of what canawlers saw in the 1840s as they moved across western Ohio by canal boat.
In past years, there’s been an admission fee to attend the celebration, but this year’s event is free, thanks to the sponsorship of the Crayex Corporation of Piqua.
“This is something really special this year, them partnering with us,” Hite said. “We really want to thank them for that.”
Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is located at 9845 N. Hardin Road, three miles north of Piqua off State Route 66. For more details about the Fall Celebration or other events, call (937) 773-2522.
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