Two unique JCPRD properties located about three miles apart in southwestern Johnson County are both presenting free family-oriented special events on Oct. 30.
The day's activities include the annual Mildale Farm Fall Fest as well as the Lanesfield School Fall Open House at the Lanesfield Historic Site. Both events are being presented by JCPRD and are free.
The Mildale Farm Fall Fest is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will give interested parties access to the approximately 90-acre rental property in southwest Johnson County which is actually part of Big Bull Creek Park, and is only accessible by reservation and for two public special events each year, including the Fall Fest. Visitors will be directed to park near Mildale Farm’s main barn.
“This is a fun family event and a day to enjoy JCPRD’s beautiful Mildale Farm property,” said Facility and Hospitality Specialist Sarah Vogelsberg. “The various amenities provide something for everyone. Come enjoy a fun filled day outdoors at Mildale Farm. All giveaways are first come first serve while supplies last.”
A number of fall-related activities are being planned for the event, most of which are free to the public. A pumpkin patch will be situated in front of the main barn, and children 12 and under can pick out a pumpkin. A tractor-drawn hayride will take visitors to a fire circle in the south-central portion of the Mildale site, where they can roast marshmallows and enjoy storytelling and outdoor education presentations. Other activities include a petting zoo, and a putting green with kid-sized clubs is available. Chris Cake’s will be serving pancakes and sausage for $5 a plate beginning at 9 am and ending at noon. There is also a small fee to feeding animals at the petting zoo, and only cash is accepted. All activities are first-come, first-served while supplies last.
Catch-and-release fishing in any or all of seven ponds within the Mildale Farm area is allowed during Fall Fest. While district fishing permits have been waived for this event, anglers 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license. Cops and Bobbers, a not-for-profit organization staffed by volunteers from law enforcement and emergency services, will be on hand to provide fishing opportunities for little ones.
Visitors can also explore and picnic on the grounds. Restrooms will be available, but the property’s two homes and other outbuildings will not be open during this event. The centerpiece of the Mildale Farm property is the high-quality equestrian-style barn, which features peg construction and a hand-laid brick floor. Though designed with an equestrian motif, the barn has never been used for keeping animals. The barn is available as a rental location for social functions, including weddings, family gatherings, and other social and business events. Inquiries regarding information or reservations for Mildale Farm should be directed to Sarah Vogelsberg at (913) 826-2957.
Rules for this event will be posted and will be the same as park rules in place on other JCPRD properties. Among them: no alcohol is allowed, pets must be on-leash, and vehicles must remain on roadways. Park police will be on hand to enforce these as well as the catch-and-release fishing provision.
Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Homestead Lane. Proceed north on Homestead Lane. Turn left onto 199th Street and proceed west 1.6 miles. Mildale Farm will be on the right. From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Sunflower Road and proceed north of Sunflower Road 0.7 miles. Turn left onto to 207th St., and proceed west for 0.1 miles. Turn right onto 8th St. (Edgerton Road) and proceed north 1 mile. Turn right onto 56 Highway and proceed east 1 mile. Turn right onto 199th St. Mildale Farm will be on the left.
During the Lanesfield School Fall Open House event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 30, participants of all ages can experience autumn in a one-room schoolhouse built in 1869 and restored to its appearance of 1904. The event will also celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, which passes nearby. Meet a costumed teacher and work on penmanship or spelling. Visitors can dance to the Missouri Town Band, play with old-fashioned toys and games, see a quilting demonstration, explore trade items from the Santa Fe Trail, learn about animals on the trail, and make memories at the Santa Fe Trail Selfie Station. Refreshments will be available. Also, stop by our exhibit in the visitor center to learn about Lanesfield and life for teachers and children in Johnson County.
Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton, which is about three miles from Mildale Farm via Us Highway 56 to 191st St. to Dillie Road. The Lanesfield site is a one-room limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.