Free Pumpkins & More at Fairfield Park District’s Harvest Celebration!

September 18, 2021

It’s harvest time at Smeck Park (7395 Basil Road, Baltimore) and you can watch the members of the Fairfield County Antique Tractor Club (FCATC) get the job done with their historic farm equipment.  Share in some of the work such as getting potatoes out of the ground with a 1940s-era harvester, shuck maize and take home some of the fresh goodies!

The free event hosted by the Fairfield County Park District (FCPD) runs from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 .

Carry out as many free potatoes as you wish plus gourds, decorative corn and one complementary pumpkin per person. The park offers many varieties from the traditional jack-o-lantern-style through pear-sharped white. There are even a few that resemble Cinderella’s carriage.

This is the fifth year that the FCATC has farmed at Smeck Park with donated seeds from a various charitable organizations. In addition to the gourds and corn, the group plantsed sunflowers and this year they added cotton according to member Randy Kemmerer of Baltimore.

After the Harvest Celebration, any unclaimed produce is donated to the Baltimore/Thurston Food Pantry. Two years ago they donated 1,200 pounds of potatoes and last year they donated 1,500, Kemmerer said.

“This year it will be even more,” Kemmerer said. “There are a lot of potatoes, a LOT of potatoes.”

Sunday, September 19 at 1 pm there live museum will be performed from the farmhouse porch. In addition there will be activities for all ages, demonstrations, displays, vendors and food concessions provided by the Carroll Lions Club

For more information on the FCATC including their annual Truck and Tractor Show, you can visit them online at and they also have a Facebook page.