Potato Festival back at Huble Homestead during the long weekend

It's that time of the year where fall is in the air, sweaters are coming out of the closet and Huble Homestead is hosting its annual Potato Festival Sunday and Monday.

Not only will guests at the homestead be able to show off their peeling prowess during contests, create their own Mr. Potato Head, participate in the potato sack races and engage in a lively game of hot potato, they can also indulge in eating hot potatoes in the form of French fries, potato pancakes and soup offered at the General Store.

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Annie Huble grew potatoes more than 100 years ago and staff and volunteers at the site have done the same, giving visitors a chance to purchase 10 home-grown varieties of heirloom potatoes, along with other vegetables grown in the garden like beets and turnips.

"We've got two days packed full of potato-themed fun," Krystal Leason, executive director at Huble Homestead/Giscome Portage Heritage Society, said. "We've got lots of games, races and contests going on."

There's always many demonstrations scheduled throughout the day.

"We'll do ice cream making, of course, we've got butter making, the blacksmith will be there and we'll have someone out there working on the treadle wood lathe, which is essentially a wood lathe but he has to push a pedal to make it work," Leason said.

"It's really interesting to watch him do it. We also have a staff member who learned how to make jam this summer and will make some jam as one of her demos."

The real star of the event will always be the mighty spuds which were just harvested. It's always a mystery how many potatoes will be grown but this year the plants in the expanded garden look very hearty which makes the experienced vegetable gardeners at the site hopeful for a plentiful harvest to share with guests of the site.

"We would like to extend special thanks to the Regional District for a load of compost they provided and Niven Contracting for hauling it to the site and this event is supported once again by Northern Development and we're really pleased to have their support," Leason said.

Come early to get the best selection of vegetables.

Huble Homestead Historic Site is a 30 minute drive north of Prince George. Travel north on Highway 97, turn right on Mitchell Road to continue another six kilometres down a well-maintained dirt road.

Huble Homestead is dog friendly and this is the last weekend Huble Homestead is open daily. There are guided tours and shopping in the General Store with a 10 per cent discount off everything except food. Enjoy a picnic or enjoy the starchy items for purchase. Admission is by suggest donation of $10 per family. For more information visit www.hublehomestead.ca.

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