Against a vibrant backdrop of fall foliage, Beardsley Farms resurrected its annual Fall Festival.
The festival, now re-emerging after years of absence, took place from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday. Free for all in attendance, the event included several activity stations, locally grown food and live music.
Many of the activity stations were operated by UT students logging service hours.
Junior special education major Mary Green and Claire McGrail, a sophomore in public relations, helped children craft using seeds collected from Beardsley Farms while gaining credit in a geology class. Several members of Sigma Phi Epsilon worked the corn stalk ring toss station, and some other UT students lent a hand by serving food.
In accordance with Beardsley Farms' usual operations, the event was funded through private donations.
Tea, cider, cornbread, chili and ice cream made from local produce and donations by local businesses were served at the festival, including The Plaid Apron, Tomato Head, Earth Fare and Cruze Farms.
"We really love that it's for the community and it's really promoted by the community," said Americorps volunteer Julianne O'Connell, a year-long worker with Beardsley Farms.
Other than arts and crafts and music, the festival included activities such as digging for sweet potatoes and searching for a needle in a haystack, a game few were bold enough to try.
Though family-friendly, the festival included attractions for adults as well, such as composting, seed saving and quick pickling.
Red Shoes and Rosin and Daniel McBride were two of the bands who volunteered to perform at the festival.
"I like the music and the free food," said Knoxville local Kurt Mundruff. "It's a good way to spend time with my daughter, and it's a fun crowd."
In past years, Beardsley Farms has hosted skill-share events instead of a fall festival, which entailed day-long workshops at the farm taught by community members. However, the Fall Festival was brought back this year for the first time since 2010.
"We just want to bring people together to relax on the farm and learn," said farm manager and Americorps volunteer Khann Chov. "We wanted an event where people could enjoy the scenery and each other and good music and good food that came from the farm. So, its just about people getting together and enjoying people's company. I'm glad to bring it back."
Volunteers at Beardsley Farms said they hope to host the fall festival for years to come.
Beardsley Farms will be holding other events in coming weeks such as Raise the Roots on Nov. 14, where dinner will be prepared with locally sourced food.
"Our hope is to increase access to fresh food," Chov said. "It's not just about providing food, but teaching people in the community and always learning from them, too."