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Join the Fall Harvest at Mahaffie in October
Fall harvest is the theme in October at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road in Olathe. Visitors can help make apple butter, apple cider, pick corn, saw wood, prepare wheat for threshing, and (of course) ride the stagecoach. The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is open Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4:00 p.m. Harvest-themed living history activities will be offered weekends in October. Tuesday through Friday visitors may tour the Mahaffie house, explore the grounds and view the Heritage Center museum exhibit.
In honor of the fall harvest, visitors may bring in two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission. The food will be collected and delivered to a local food pantry at the end of the month.
Trick or Treat Off the Street
Little ones will enjoy trick or treating in costume on the historic Mahaffie grounds during the site’s Trick or Treat Off the Street from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, October 30. Admission is $3 per person for all ages; registration is not required. Local community groups will be on the grounds distributing candy, and visitors can participate in several games and activities. If your group is interested in handing out candy at the event, please call Mahaffie at (913) 971-5111.
Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast
Tickets are still available for the popular fall historic cemetery tours, but are selling quickly. The Historic Cemetery Tours offer a chance to learn more about the historic Olathe Cemetery from Mahaffie staff dressed in 19th Century clothing portraying historic people. Tours begin at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, Friday, October 15, and Saturday, October 16. The tours meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Mahaffie, 1200 Kansas City Road or by calling (913) 971-5111.
Tiger Cub Scout Day
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will host Tiger Cub Scout Day 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23. Tiger Cub Scouts can earn requirements for their Making My Family Special program as well as a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this program. Scouts will learn about 19th Century games, take a stagecoach ride, and help with chores in the morning. In the afternoon they will learn about harvesting crops. Program registration is $10 per scout, accompanying adults are admitted free, and additional siblings are $5 each. Scouts should bring a sack lunch and water bottle and dress for the weather. To register call (913) 971-5111. Scouts may register individually or as a den. Payment is due the day of the event.