Harvest Farm Fall Festival 2010    | TheFencePost.com

Harvest Farm Fall Festival 2010   

Ella Marie Hayes
Saratoga, Wyo.

Photo courtesy of Noel V. Hayes, Jr.This little fellow needed a little encouragement to try out the John Deere trike on the tricycle track among the hay bales in 2009.

Autumn not only brings brisker temperatures, changing colors, and different seasonal activities, but Fall Festivals take place providing a great opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors together and have a taste of farm life. The annual Fall Festival at Harvest Farm near Wellington, Colo., is one such festive celebration that should not be missed.

Although the Festival opened the weekend of Sept. 11-12, the activities will continue through the Halloween weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31. Exciting activities for all ages include a 10-acre corn maze, petting zoo, corn cannons, pumpkin blasters, barrel train, hay bale maze/jump, and pumpkin smash baseball, evening campfire, and full service concession areas.

The pumpkin patch is another popular attraction where families can pick their own pumpkins in the field, or buy other fall decorations such as gourds, decorative corn, corn stalks, hay bales and more! Families can also have a free Family Photo taken on the new 9-foot tall rocking chair.

Special activities for the smaller children include a playground, corn boxes (like a sand box, but filled with corn kernels), and a mini corn maze. Youngsters can also race their friends around hay bales on John Deere trikes on the tricycle track. Kids-at-heart of all ages can try their hand at roping replica steers or racing rubber ducks against family or friends using an antique water pump.

Visitors can take time off from other activities to observe Bunnington (named after Wellington) which is a fun-to-watch miniature town created for 20-plus rabbits or watch the antics of goats as they climb on their own “jungle gym” in Goat City. For a bit of excitement, everyone can watch the Pig Races as piglets race out of the starting gate and sprint around the track to the finish pen.

People of all ages should take advantage of the enjoyable free hay ride tour of the 209-acre working farm in a large wagon pulled by one of the farm tractors. Not only is this guided, informative tour a great farm experience, but it is an opportunity to learn about Harvest Farm and its operations.

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Harvest Farm is a year-round outreach of the Denver Rescue Mission, and rehabilitation center for 72 men in its long-term residential program where they can get a fresh start in life as they work on the farm. The production of farm goods helps supply local groups and other Mission programs with food for the needy, while providing work therapy for residents.

During spring and summer months, Harvest Farm hosts school field trips, community and church groups and provides a hands-on farm experience for area children and helps them learn about the source of food at the unique “Pizza Farm.” A summer youth camp hosts 200-250 volunteers in a Servant Project, and an Alternate Spring Break offers students a chance to work in a variety of projects in three primary volunteer areas: agriculture, maintenance, and kitchen.

The Denver Rescue Mission has served the poor and homeless in the Denver area since 1892, through emergency services, rehabilitation, transitional housing, and outreach. This year Harvest Farm’s corn maze features Denver Broncos’ cornerback Champ Bailey, for his volunteer work with youth at Mission facilities as well as partnering with Denver Rescue Mission to create Champ’s Volunteers, a program of youths, grades 6-12, who are also committed to help serve the hurting, hungry, and homeless. For more information, please go to http://www.ChamsVolunteers.org.

Give your family a treat, and come out to enjoy a day of fun at Harvest Farm’s Fall Festival! For more information and to learn about other sponsors who support the Festival, as well as driving directions, please go to the website at http://www.HarvestFarm.net. (Times also vary, so go to the “Schedule link” to get the calendar, and click on a desired date for times and prices.)

Autumn not only brings brisker temperatures, changing colors, and different seasonal activities, but Fall Festivals take place providing a great opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors together and have a taste of farm life. The annual Fall Festival at Harvest Farm near Wellington, Colo., is one such festive celebration that should not be missed.

Although the Festival opened the weekend of Sept. 11-12, the activities will continue through the Halloween weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31. Exciting activities for all ages include a 10-acre corn maze, petting zoo, corn cannons, pumpkin blasters, barrel train, hay bale maze/jump, and pumpkin smash baseball, evening campfire, and full service concession areas.

The pumpkin patch is another popular attraction where families can pick their own pumpkins in the field, or buy other fall decorations such as gourds, decorative corn, corn stalks, hay bales and more! Families can also have a free Family Photo taken on the new 9-foot tall rocking chair.

Special activities for the smaller children include a playground, corn boxes (like a sand box, but filled with corn kernels), and a mini corn maze. Youngsters can also race their friends around hay bales on John Deere trikes on the tricycle track. Kids-at-heart of all ages can try their hand at roping replica steers or racing rubber ducks against family or friends using an antique water pump.

Visitors can take time off from other activities to observe Bunnington (named after Wellington) which is a fun-to-watch miniature town created for 20-plus rabbits or watch the antics of goats as they climb on their own “jungle gym” in Goat City. For a bit of excitement, everyone can watch the Pig Races as piglets race out of the starting gate and sprint around the track to the finish pen.

People of all ages should take advantage of the enjoyable free hay ride tour of the 209-acre working farm in a large wagon pulled by one of the farm tractors. Not only is this guided, informative tour a great farm experience, but it is an opportunity to learn about Harvest Farm and its operations.

Harvest Farm is a year-round outreach of the Denver Rescue Mission, and rehabilitation center for 72 men in its long-term residential program where they can get a fresh start in life as they work on the farm. The production of farm goods helps supply local groups and other Mission programs with food for the needy, while providing work therapy for residents.

During spring and summer months, Harvest Farm hosts school field trips, community and church groups and provides a hands-on farm experience for area children and helps them learn about the source of food at the unique “Pizza Farm.” A summer youth camp hosts 200-250 volunteers in a Servant Project, and an Alternate Spring Break offers students a chance to work in a variety of projects in three primary volunteer areas: agriculture, maintenance, and kitchen.

The Denver Rescue Mission has served the poor and homeless in the Denver area since 1892, through emergency services, rehabilitation, transitional housing, and outreach. This year Harvest Farm’s corn maze features Denver Broncos’ cornerback Champ Bailey, for his volunteer work with youth at Mission facilities as well as partnering with Denver Rescue Mission to create Champ’s Volunteers, a program of youths, grades 6-12, who are also committed to help serve the hurting, hungry, and homeless. For more information, please go to http://www.ChamsVolunteers.org.

Give your family a treat, and come out to enjoy a day of fun at Harvest Farm’s Fall Festival! For more information and to learn about other sponsors who support the Festival, as well as driving directions, please go to the website at http://www.HarvestFarm.net. (Times also vary, so go to the “Schedule link” to get the calendar, and click on a desired date for times and prices.)