Since this area was once made up of many farms it is interesting to learn about the farmers who once lived in Maspeth and Middle Village. The big event in the social life of the farmers was the Harvest Picnic. For at least six months before the harvest season the farmers and their families planned for the big occasion. They had worked hard all Spring and Summer working the land and growing their crops. They looked forward to the big day of the picnic for some well earned enjoyment.
Festivities at the affair included parades, target shooting, bands, card games and plenty of beer drinking. There were also prizes given away. Many of those participating in the parade showed off their carts and wagons which had been gaily decorated with flowers and streamers.
The Middle Village Gardeners and Farmers Horse Troop held an annual parade in which beautifully decorated horse drawn wagons were displayed on Metropolitan Avenue for the delight of the townsfolk. A prize was awarded for the best display of produce on an artfully decorated wagon.
At the end of the day the wagons, which had been loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, formed a procession. In a spirit of generosity and good will, the farmers then drove their wagons to St. Catherine's Hospital in Brooklyn, where the produce was donated.