The intermittent clank of horseshoes hitting their mark could be heard throughout the Huble Homestead Monday as hundreds decided to work off some of that Thanksgiving dinner by paying the pioneering site a post-turkey-with-all-the-trimmings visit.
Kids could dress up at Kids' Corner, while the Unger Family played some tunes in the welcome barn. Apples hanging from strings posed a temptation for some willing to take the bob and weave challenge as others sat down to create their own corn-husk doll.
Just past the welcome barn the make-your-own scarecrow competition was well on its way in the large barn with already-created entries into the contest lined up outside the barn like anti-crow soldiers standing guard. Best scarecrows get prizes and will be called to scare duty during the annual Halloween Spooktacular, which has grown by popular demand from a one-day to a two-day event this Oct. 26 and 27 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Attending Huble Homestead for the first time was Dylan White and wife, Melissa, who brought along their daughter, two-and-a-half-year-old Finley, who looked pretty thrilled to be checking out the bunnies who were busy hopping about in their expansive hutch.
"I just saw it posted online and I thought it was a good idea to do something for Thanksgiving," Melissa said. The little family was joined by their extended family with lots of nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and grandparents coming together to enjoy their day.
"It's really nice here," Melissa said who grew up down south and would visit Fort Langley as a child and wanted the same experience for her daughter.
Thanksgiving day at Huble Homestead saw typical numbers with about 300 crossing the welcome-barn threshold to enjoy a hearty soup and barbecued hamburgers or hotdogs for lunch while participating in all the activities and old-fashioned games.
Huble Homestead Historic Site, 15000 Mitchell Rd., is a 30-minute drive north of Prince George. Turn off on Mitchell Road to continue another six kilometres down a well-maintained dirt road to the dog-friendly park. Admission is by suggested donation of $10 per family. For more information call 250-564-7033 or visit www.hublehomestead.ca.