Get into Fall at Forneris Farms Harvest Festival

Disclaimer:  I was invited by Forneris Farms and given passes to do the activities.  All opinions are my own.

Forneris Farms Harvest Festival

We were invited to explore Forneris Farms this weekend and knowing that it was going to be a hot weekend I got my kids up and ready early to be the first ones at the farm.

We started our day doing the Corn Maze.  The farm suggested it could take from 30 minutes to an hour to go through the whole maze.  They provide you with a map and along the maze you will find CORNundrums (riddles) for you to solve.  On the back of the map you place where you found your answer.  If you complete and have them all correct you are entered in a drawing for a prize.  My main focus was to get in and out of the maze without having to carry my toddler so I wasnt' looking for the signs.  We did run into about five of them which were neat for my oldest and I to try to solve.  We had plenty of water and I carried snacks just in case.  There were moments that I felt I was going the wrong way, but my navigator son was confident and reassured me that we were doing the right thing.  There was a lot of shade from the tall corn stalks which helped keep us going.  On the map there is a number just in case you need to call for help.  I am happy to say that we all made it through, my toddler walked all the way, and I didn't panic!  

After the maze we sat on some picnic tables with shade to rest and eat some snacks.

After snacks the kids ran through the Farm Frolic Area where they have the following activities:

  • Haybale Mini Maze - kids loved running through this over and over again!
  • Tetherball - my oldest would had stayed there all day if I didn't pull him away
  • Giant Pumpkin Jumper
  • Bike Race Track - my toddler had a hard time reaching the pedals, but with a little push from mom he was able to do it on his own.
  • Sandbox
  • Photo Ops
  • Hay Pyramid - a great view of the maze that you just conquered!

After running around and playing we decided to do the tractor pulled train ride.  This is about a fifteen minute ride that will take you around the farm.  You will see antique tractors, learn some history, and see the different types of pumpkins.

The other side of the farm is filled with these activities:

  • Pony Rides 
  • Petting Zoo - you will get food to feed the animals, there is a washing station outside that is perfect for little ones
  • Pumpkin Bowling - YES!  You bowl a pumpkin and if you get a strike you get a free pumpkin.  You knock down a pin and you get a small prize.
  • Carnival Games - depending on how you do determines the prize.  Everyone gets a little something.  I did like that the gentleman that was assisting my son suggested that he get closer due to is age.

You can also get your Face Painted!  Courtney, the face painter, did an amazing job with the kids.  She was very patient in helping them select what they wanted.  As you can see from her artwork she loves what she does.  

To contact Courtney directly email her at GmwFacePainting@gmail.com

We finished out the day with picking out pumpkins.  There are so many to choose from!  The kids picked out their pumpkins and then I was informed that if you purchase a pink pumpkin a portion of the sales is donated to breast cancer!  They also have pumpkins that are perfect for making pumpkin pies!

A note that Forneris Farms is cash only, they do have an ATM machine there but it is best to bring your cash with you.  

They have contests about every half hour which everyone will have fun participating and the winner will get a free pumpkin.  Pictured on the right we played hot potato version with mini pumpkins.

 

We had a such a great day and it really did get us into the fall season.  Now I want to hear from you, have you ever been?