Landmark Park prepares for first Farm Day in over a year


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — After a hurricane forced Landmark Park to cancel Fall Farm Day in 2019, and then COVID-19 forced the cancellation of this year’s Spring Farm Day, the organization is looking for a financial boost.

This weekend it hopes to get one through Fall Farm Day 2020.

“We have had some activities that we’ve brought, some new things that we’ve done but our signature events like Fall Farm Day and Spring Farm Day, we have missed for an entire year,” said Landmark Park Executive Director Laura Stakelum.

But it seems like the seasons are changing. On Saturday, October 17, the park will hold its annual Fall Farm Day.

“We’ll have the quilt show, arts and crafts vendors, our pumpkin patch, a kids area with a petting zoo, and different activities, a huge tractor display,” Stakelum said.

And that’s just on one end of the park. On the farm side, all the buildings will be open, including the Waddell House and the Martin Drugstore. All of which will be filled with people dressed in garb from over a century ago.

“We’ll be stacking peanuts, we’ll be making cane syrup, working in the gardens, pottery and knitting and crocheting,” Stakelum said. “The whole park is really going to come to life.”

In addition to the demonstrations, the park will also have COVID-19 precautions in place—including masks and social distancing.

“Any time you’re inside, for example inside the quilt show, we do ask that you wear a mask,” Stakelum explained. “Stay the six feet apart. If you’re feeling sick we ask that you wait this one out.”

Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Admission is eight dollars for adults, six dollars for seniors and military, four dollars for kids three and up, and free for kids two and under/park members.

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