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Rock Ledge Ranch opens for massive crowds at Harvest Festival

Rock Ledge Ranch opened for a free Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The more than 5,000 estimated guests far exceeded the 2,000 expected and the festival ran out of pumpkins and pie around noon. Interactive historical exhibits throughout the ranch were still available all day, as were mazes, candy hunts and hay rides.

Hattie Stuart, a junior docent at Rock Ledge Ranch, sews a carpet as visitors explore the top floor of the Orchard House during the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Stuart answered visitors questions about life in the house and the servants's quarters while she worked.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Hattie Stuart, a junior docent at Rock Ledge Ranch, sews a carpet as visitors explore the top floor of the Orchard House during the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Stuart answered visitors questions about life in the house and the servants's quarters while she worked. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Tom Parker, left, and Merell Folsom swing partners in a barn dance at the Rock Ledge Ranch Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Parker is one of the current callers for the Old Time Dancers and Folsom is the retired former-caller.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Tom Parker, left, and Merell Folsom swing partners in a barn dance at the Rock Ledge Ranch Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Parker is one of the current callers for the Old Time Dancers and Folsom is the retired former-caller. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Members of the Old Time Dancers lead visitors in a barn dance at the Rock Ledge Ranch Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The Harvest Festival is one of a few free days at the ranch and drew a crowd estimated at over 5,600.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Members of the Old Time Dancers lead visitors in a barn dance at the Rock Ledge Ranch Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The Harvest Festival is one of a few free days at the ranch and drew a crowd estimated at over 5,600. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Wilbert Diggs III, 3, pets a horse at Rock Ledge Ranch while his father, Wilbert Diggs Jr., holds him up at the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The Ranch had pumpkins for sale and pie available but ran out of both around noon.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Wilbert Diggs III, 3, pets a horse at Rock Ledge Ranch while his father, Wilbert Diggs Jr., holds him up at the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The Ranch had pumpkins for sale and pie available but ran out of both around noon. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Danny Summers drives visitors on a hay ride around Rock Ledge Ranch during the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The hay ride ran continuously all day, without any shortage of riders.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Danny Summers drives visitors on a hay ride around Rock Ledge Ranch during the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The hay ride ran continuously all day, without any shortage of riders. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Vanessa Piper, 13, a volunteer at Rock Ledge Ranch waits in the kitchen as a maid at the Orchard House during the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Vanessa Piper, 13, a volunteer at Rock Ledge Ranch waits in the kitchen as a maid at the Orchard House during the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Eli Stuart waits on the rails of a fence as Fyi Earlie, 9, looks for treasure in the Candy Scramble at the Rock Ledge Ranch Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Eli Stuart waits on the rails of a fence as Fyi Earlie, 9, looks for treasure in the Candy Scramble at the Rock Ledge Ranch Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Melissa Keown, lead historical interpreter at Rock Ledge Ranch, presses apples for cider at the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Melissa Keown, lead historical interpreter at Rock Ledge Ranch, presses apples for cider at the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Jory Lane, 16, waits for dancers to get ready at the Harvest Festival Barn Dance at Rock Ledge Ranch on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. 

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Jory Lane, 16, waits for dancers to get ready at the Harvest Festival Barn Dance at Rock Ledge Ranch on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Chicken Croquets cook on an old stove in the Orchard House during the Harvest Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Chicken Croquets cook on an old stove in the Orchard House during the Harvest Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Zoe Huesgen Hobbs guides visitors through the the Rock Ledge House during the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Zoe Huesgen Hobbs guides visitors through the the Rock Ledge House during the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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