- October 8, 2013

2013 Homestead Fair in Waco

Ready for the Cider Press

A few years ago, my family spent our Thanksgiving weekend at the Homestead Fair outside of Waco, and we were so glad we did! The Homestead Fair is an agri-tourism event that attracts over 14,000 visitors a year to its celebration of farm life and heirloom skills. If you’ve ever wanted to help milk a cow or lend a hand at an old-fashioned barn raising, you have the unique opportunity to do so Friday-Sunday, November 29 – December 1, 2013.

Attendance at the fair is free, but there is a $7 fee for parking if purchased ahead of time ($10 if purchased at the gate). You may purchase a parking pass at the reduced rate here. 

Milking Demonstration

Free activities at Homestead Fair include:

Sheepdog Herding

Do-it-Yourself Crafts which cost a fee include:

  •    Pounding a brass spoon
  •    Making sorghum taffy
  •    Candle-dipping
  •    Woodworking
  •    Weaving a jump rope

To view a complete list of handicrafts see the fee schedule.  

There are also opportunities for shopping, carriage rides, and hay rides.  

Bringing a picnic to the fair is allowed, but we were glad we decided to purchase our meals there instead because the food is exceptional.  Many of the items are prepared using ingredients grown or raised by the agrarian community that puts on the fair.  (You have to try the apple cider donuts!)

There is an area of the grounds set aside for limited number of tent campers for a $7 fee. If you are interested in this option, make a reservation here soon, as the spots do fill up.   (We camped at the fair when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant; I felt like a real pioneer!)

This event is of special relevance to those interested in sustainable living and agriculture, but it’s also just a lot of fun for kids and adults.  We found that the day and a half we spent there was barely enough time to see and do everything that sparked our interest. 

We really liked the Homestead Fair as a complement to the Thanksgiving holiday.  It was a great way to bring to life the hard work of the pilgrims and pioneers and something the whole family could do together.  

For more information please visit www.homesteadcraftfair.com

Homestead Fair

608 Dry Creek Rd

Waco, TX 76705

Katey writes about more of her family’s adventures at her blog, HavingFunatHome.com