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Like most city kids, I cherish arural fantasy. I wish I was Almanzo, the 9-year-old hero of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy: I would rise with the sun, feed Pa’s hogs, weed the snap beans, and then feast on mashed potatoes, roast goose, and apple pie, washed down with unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk. You can live out your agrarian dreams at Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s 18th-Century Threshing Day where, after helping with the fall chores, you can stuff yourself with sugarcakes and hot cider. Latter-day Jeffersonians can start hitting the hay at 1 p.m. at Turkey Run, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. $3. (703) 442-7557. (David Plotz)