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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Old McDonald had a farm... festival


On Sunday, my husband and I took the kids to a farm in nearby Sale Creek, Tennessee.

Old McDonald's Farm dates back to 1821 and has been run since by 8 generations of the McDonald family. In 2011, they opened up the farm to visitors in the fall for family fun and activities.

I found it while using Google to figure out where we could find a fall festival or two to attend. We decided Saturday evening that we'd go on Sunday since the forecast was saying the weather would be perfect for walking around a farm.

Sunday was cool, clear, and low on humidity with a slight breeze blowing through the grounds. There were a number of cars in the lot but it wasn't overly crowded.

Admission is $12 per person and that fee included the following activities:
~ Uncle Ben's Wagon Ride
~ Hay Ride to a pumpkin patch (pumpkins extra)
~ Barnyard 500
~ Combine Barn
~ Farm Life Experience
~ Critter Barn
~ Corn Maze
~ Hay Maze
~ Corn Kernel Pit
~ Pumpkin Checkers

For a little extra, you can partake in:
~ Pumpkin Slingshot (3 pumpkins for $1)
~ Gem Mining (prices vary depending on how much you want to sift- prices start at $6)
~ Football Corral (for the dads who can't get away from the big game)
~ Farmer's Golf ($5)

I took so many pictures of stuff that I decided to split the visit to the farm into several posts. There's photo heavy posts and then there's just ridiculously photo heavy posts. Your computers may thank me.

Today's post will be some of the photos that I took around the farm.

Pumpkin Checkers:

Gem mining tower:

 Harvest Barn:

It really is a beautiful place. And I love that one of the outside walls of the Combine Barn, there is a sort of growth chart for the kids. If you take your kids to the farm each year and take a picture of them in front of the chart, you can see how much they grow from one fall to another.

And for simple fun/silliness:

That's it for today's post. I'll be back tomorrow with photos of the Gem Mining. The kids had a blast mining for gems at the farm... and then for over an hour at home looking at their prized finds.

Have you been to a Fall festival this year?

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