Mid-Late October

Jostles creak and knock
  fresh-cut, sweet-scented hayrack—  
harvest-month hayride

Work-a-day leisure
  monies running low
Hallowe’en carriage

Come autumn, resources are harvested and tallied, and some offered in trade.

The origin of autumn hayrides is found in those who worked farms. Loaded hay wagons were to be unloaded at the end of a harvest day. Helpers and friends would join together to find rest and enjoyment in end-of-day return hayrides—usually a picnic break and a ride back home on the hayrack wagon.

Of course, these types of activities opened to community members and visitors as a means of invitation and promotion in order to come together and share in harvest-time celebration. Halloween-themed hayrides, aka haunted hayrides, became common during October’s final week.

“Hayride Kentucky” via Smilla4 @Flickr
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
“Farmer loading a wagon with hay”, via University of Delaware Lib. @Flickr
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Is there a hayride event in your community or wider area this month?
Have you ever been on a hayride?


Helpful tips for a safe hayride


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