STRONGSVILLE – Every autumn, the Strongsville Historical Society hosts Harvest Festival, an old-fashioned event that brings the community together.

This year, it will take place on the grounds of the historical village, located at 13305 Pearl Road, on Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29. All eight buildings in the village will be open for tours and glimpses of artifacts from Strongsville’s 200-year history.

Even more entertainment will take place outside, with a classic car show, farm animals, children’s crafts (from 1-4 p.m.), farmer’s market, games and more. On Saturday, Elite Dance will perform at 2 p.m., and the VFW will give a presentation on World War II at 3 p.m. Familiar demonstrators will also return, as well as some new faces to take guests back in time.

On Sunday, the always-popular cow pie lottery will be held on the east side of the property. Tickets for the lottery give buyers the chance to win up to $1,000. The idea is that a cow roams in a fenced-in area that has been divided into grids. If your ticket matches the spot where the cow makes a “cow pie,” you win the grand prize. If you have an adjacent square, you win $250.

Cow pie lottery tickets have been up for grabs during the weeks leading up to the festival, but remaining tickets can still be purchased during the event.

The entire event is put on by volunteers, with support from a number of individuals and organizations. Admission and parking are free. Donations and raffle proceeds go back into the village’s upkeep and restoration.

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