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The historic Caples House and Museum will be hosting the Harvest Festival, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 25.

COURTESY PHOTO: CAPLES HOUSE AND MUSEUM - Cider pressing is always a fun activity at the Harvest Festival in Columbia City. For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, the Caples House Museum in Columbia City will be holding its Harvest Festival.

This year's event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. It will feature lots of fun for the entire family, including cider pressing, butter churning and pioneer games.

Admission is free, but donations, to help support the museum and its grounds, will be welcome. There is, however, a $5 charge for tours of the historic building, which was once home to Dr. Charles Caples, the first doctor to take up practice in Columbia County.

Beth Moody, caretaker coordinator at the iconic home, is happy the event is coming back to the community.

"We had to stop it for two years because of COVID," Moody said of the long-running festival, remarking, "This is the first time it has been back. It has always been really well attended, something people loved to see and to have."

Just as the Caples House Museum itself offers a glimpse back into Columbia County's past, the Harvest Festival will get visitors in touch with the area's historical roots — literally.

"There's cider pressing from our apples that are right here on property," Moody said. "We have a heritage orchard that's 140 years old."

There will also be vintage activities.

"We have old-time butter churning and pioneer games," said Moody. "Kids have a chance to get really wet and learn how to wash clothes the old-time way. They love that."

The festival will offer fresh-baked pretzels, hot dogs, music, and raffle chances for baskets.

Moody welcomes new visitors. She said all ages can enjoy the Harvest Festival.

"You can come, and everybody can have fun," she said, adding. "We just got a brand-new model train display in our children's museum. It has two trains."

The Caples House Museum is located at 1925 First St. in Columbia City.

Of the festival, Moody remarked, "There's something for everybody. There's quilting, there's great food. … We're back and strong."

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