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A New 4-H Fall Fest and Wegmans Family Day to be Held at the Botanical Gardens

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H that will bring an all new event to the Botanical Gardens.  The 4-H Fall Fest, including animals on the 4-H farm, will be held at the Botanical Gardens from October 7 through October 16 from 10am to 4pm daily. A special celebration on Wegmans Family Day will be included in the festival on October 15 from 10am to 2pm.

Through a wonderful partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H, the Botanical Gardens will celebrate National 4-H week by featuring a 4-H Fall Fest from October 7 through October 16. Visitors will delight in interacting with a large cast of characters including ducks, sheep, piglets and rabbits at the onsite 4-H Farm. The 4-H Farm will be open from 10am to 4pm daily and will offer engaging educational displays and visits with 4-H families for visitors to enjoy. On October 8, 4-H members will be modeling as live mannequins, textiles and clothing they created this year along with some costumes on October 15.  The Cornell Cooperative Extension programs are designed to improve the quality of life for all New York State residents.  Learn about all the amazing programs 4-H has to offer and so much more and this family fun event.

During 4-H Fall Fest, a Wegmans Family Day will celebrate all things creepy and crawly on October 15 from 10am to 2pm.  “Be prepared for a Spooky Celebration and more 4-H fun!” said David Swarts, President/CEO.   There will be interactive and hands-on activities located throughout the Botanical Gardens for children and families.  Participants can enjoy a spooky spider snack while participating in a create-your-own monster craft and other surprise activities.  4-H members will also be mannequin modeling their crafted costumes during Wegmans Family Day.  Organizers encourage participants to dress up in their Halloween costumes and enter the costume contest at 1pm.  Awards and prizes will be given to kids, adults, duos and groups. 

Both of the events are included with Garden admission - $9 adults, $8 seniors (55+), $8 students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Garden members and kids 2 and under are free.  There is no additional entry fee for the costume contest during Wegmans Family Day. For more information on these events and exhibits visit www.buffalogardens.com

The CCE Erie 4-H program offers hands on learning opportunities to youth between the ages of 5-19 focusing on life skills.  4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adult volunteers and mentors who inspire young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world and stand up for themselves and their communities.  For information about CCE Erie 4-H program, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/erie.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.



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