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Mildale Farm and Lanesfield School both plan free fall events on Oct. 31

Posted on October 1, 2020 at 9:26 AM by Becky Burnside

Two popular and free family-oriented JCPRD fall special events will take place Oct. 31, although some changes have been made because of the ongoing pandemic.

The events are the annual Mildale Farm Fall Fest as well as the Lanesfield School Fall Open House at the Lanesfield Historic Site. Sites for the events are about three miles apart in southwestern Johnson County, and both events are free. 

“The 2020 Mildale Farm Fall Festival will look a little different due to COVID-19, but we are excited to move forward with a socially distanced event for all ages,” said Facility and Hospitality Specialist Sarah Vogelsberg.  “The festival will require pre-registration for a timed session of 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

This year’s attendance will be limited to 200 attendees per session.  Register at  Each individual family member that will be attending the event will need to register.  

This annual event gives participants access to the approximately 90-acre rental property in southwest Johnson County which are actually part Big Bull Creek Park, but are accessible as by reservation and for two public special events each year, including the Fall Fest. Visitors will be directed to park near Mildale Farm’s main barn. Participants are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket as well as a picnic or sack lunch to enjoy on the grounds. Activities will include a pumpkin patch, use of fishing poles and tackle supplied by Cops & Bobbers, a kite show, and performances by the musicians from KC Symphony.  Quartets or quintets from the symphony will perform on the circle drive by the main barn at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. All activities will take place outside.

Catch-and-release fishing in any or all of the ponds within the 90-acre area is allowed during Fall Fest. While district fishing permits have been waived for this event, anglers 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license. 

Physical distancing and safety are a top priority.  This event will follow guidelines provided by Johnson County Health and Environment and the CDC. Participants are asked to wear a mask, physical distance, and utilize the hand sanitizing stations throughout the property. 
Restrooms will be available, but the property’s two homes and other outbuildings will not be open during this event. The centerpiece of the Mildale Farm property is the high-quality equestrian-style barn, which features peg construction and a hand-laid brick floor. Though designed with an equestrian motif, the barn has never been used for keeping animals. The barn is available as a rental location for social functions, including weddings, family gatherings, and other social and business events. Inquiries regarding information or reservations for Mildale Farm should be directed to Sarah Vogelsberg at (913) 826-2957.

Sponsors for this event include Olathe Health Systems, Furniture Mall of Kansas, and Renewal by Anderson. 

Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton. Due to road construction in the area, visitors should take Interstate 35 to Exit 205, Homestead Lane, where they will turn onto Homestead Lane, and then turn left on 199th St. and follow it to Mildale Farm which will be on the right.

During the Lanesfield School Fall Open House event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants of all ages can experience life as a student in a one-room schoolhouse built in 1869 and restored to its appearance of 1904. Meet our costumed teacher and have old-fashioned fun with hands-on activities.

Visitors can dance to the Missouri Town Band, and play outdoor games. 

Activities will be spread out to maintain social distancing, masks will be required, and high-touch surfaces will be sanitized regularly. Preregistration is not required.

Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton, which is about three miles from Mildale Farm via US Highway 56 to 191st St. to Dillie Road. The Lanesfield site is a one-room limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.