A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine shared this article on Facebook. As soon as a saw the giant corn box, I knew if we only made it to one fall festival this year, this would be it. Since this is the peak weekend for fall foliage in these parts, the 45 minute drive out to the farm melted away as we admired the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows that lit up the forests along the highway.
For seven dollars (three for me and two for each of the littles) we were able to play to our hearts' content. We started our adventure by checking out the animals. While Little Tiger was enamored with the humming alpaca, I could tell that The Milk Belly Princess was freaked out so we moved on to a hay ride. Both girls marveled over the giant muddy tractor tires and squealed with glee as we rode around the farm. A hay ride is a highlight of any fall festival. How could anyone ever top that? Our hay ride was almost over when I saw it:
This contraption just might get my vote for coolest form of transportation EVER. Six 55 gallon drums were repurposed into seats (with little benches and safety belts) and connected to form this sweet little train. Here's a close up of the girls getting ready to take their ride. Notice Little Tiger's look of joy and how The Milk Belly Princess' brow is furrowed with apprehension:
I truly wish I was in a position to give whoever invented this an award for innovation in repurposing. This train was constructed so as it moved forward each car gently bounced up and down. It was interesting enough for older kids, but safe enough for little ones. (The Milk Belly Princess' brow was smooth when she was returned to me at the end of the ride.)
Next, it was time for the corn box. Once inside, Little Tiger eagerly reported that she was standing knee deep in feed corn and her feet were still not touching the ground. While The Milk Belly Princess was happy to dig with the wide array of shovels available, Little Tiger made several corn angels.
The girls had so much fun in the corn box I wasn't sure I would be able to drag them out, but they wanted to try the corn maze. Here they are as we were just getting started. The Milk Belly Princess was concerned I was too far behind.
Today was the last day for Sirna's Fall Festival, but if you're looking for some unique fall fun you should definitely check it out next October.