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Annual cider squeeze at Philip Foster Farm National Historic Site features pioneer era activities

COURTESY PHOTO - Philip Foster Farm's annual cider squeeze is scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 21.

The good times will flow at an upcoming Philip Foster Farm event.

The National Historic Site's annual cider squeeze is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at 22725 S.E. Eagle Creek Road.

Attendees can squeeze their own apple cider, a process that was also used during the pioneer era. The majority of the presses must be cranked by hand, providing a fitting old fashioned feel at the historic farm.

"It's an incredibly unique experience. It's a cool opportunity to make your own cider," said Jennifer Goldman, programming director at Philip Foster Farm. "History has the tendency to be put on a pedestal, but the cider squeeze is the opposite of that feeling. It's so active and present."

After journeying from Maine in 1843, Philip Foster, his wife Mary Charlotte and their children welcomed many of their fellow travelers at their farm on the historic Barlow Road in Eagle Creek. The 640-acre property featured a store and places for weary travelers to stay.

Along with making their own drinks, cider squeeze attendees who are 21 and older can enjoy offerings from the Estacada-based Stone Circle Cider.

There will also be live music, totem pole carving, a honey bee exhibit, a pioneer dancing demonstration and food for purchase. Those interested can dress up in pioneer clothing like bonnets, aprons and vests and take pictures near a covered wagon.

There will also be children's activities such as sack racing and crafts.

Typically, around 500 people attend the cider squeeze.

"It's one of our most popular events," Goldman said. "It's a great way to spend an afternoon in the fall. It feels very seasonal."

Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family. Those who wish to press cider can bring their own apples for $3 per gallon or use the farm's apples for $6 per gallon. One-gallon jugs for cider will be available for purchase for $1, and pre-pressed, pasteurized cider is $7 per gallon.

There is a limit of two gallons of cider per family, but unlimited squeezing will be available at the farm's bulk squeeze from 2-6 p.m. the following day. Another bulk squeeze is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

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