At This Farm Festival, When the Cow Plops, It Pays


Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 15, 2013 — Weavers Way’s Harvest on Henry farm festival at Saul Agricultural High School in Roxborough, Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., offers both conventional and unconventional fall family fun.

The conventional: Hayrides. Petting zoo. Pumpkin painting (not the same as face painting, although accidents do happen), pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin ring toss. Make your own vegetable car (which could be a pumpkin, but doesn’t necessarily have to be) and enter it in the Vegetable Car Races.

The unconventional: Cow Plop Bingo.

This is no ordinary 50-50. The Saul sheep pasture is turned into a giant, fenced game board, subdivided into 300 144-square-foot blocks. For $5 a block, human participants enter their names on the plot map and, well, wait for Mother Nature to take her course. Or, specifically, for one of the Saul dairy cows to do her thing.

Round and round she walks, and where she plops determines the winner of the 50/50 cash prize.

Do the math: A $5 investment could pay off to the tune of $750. Who says sustainability can’t be profitable?

Harvest on Henry also features great food vendors (donating 10 percent to Weavers Way Farms), live music and old-fashioned activities such as pressing apple cider and spinning wool.

Admission to Harvest on Henry is free; activity/game tickets can be purchased at the gate.

Calling All Bakers!

Possibly even more eagerly awaited than the outcome of Cow Plop Bingo will be the results of the Harvest on Henry Pie-Baking Contest, now in its third year.

There are two classes: Fruit and Everything Else. Pies must be delivered by 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and contestants must also bring a second pie to be sliced and sold at the fair. For all the details and to register, visit

Saul students can enter the Pie-Baking Contest for free. Email and include your name, address, student ID and type of pie you’re submitting.

The Third Annual Harvest on Henry Festival is Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Weavers Way's Henry Got Crops Farm on the grounds of W.B. Saul Agricultural High School, 7100 Henry Ave. (at Cinnaminson) in Roxborough. Parking is free along Henry Avenue; the Route 27 bus stops right out front. Info:

Harvest on Henry is sponsored by Valley Green Bank, Arnold Bread, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Primex, the Trolley Car Diner, Equal Exchange and Hands On Jewish Holidays. All proceeds benefit Weavers Way Farm operations.