The Great Country Farms
We went to the Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Virginia!
Fun fact: Henway Hard Cider Co is next door, which produces cider from the Great Country Farm Apples and it’s named for the joke, “What’s a henway?” About 5 lbs!
I thought we would be here a few hours, but it turns out there was so much to do that we were there most of the day.
Our first stop was the famous piggie races and they did not disappoint. They ran the races at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00. We managed to see the first and last shows of the day.
Great Country Farms is dog friendly. We didn’t bring Annie and Ziggy, because they’re not so great with long days, but you can bring your pups. And of course, we saw other corgis there, because they are great farm and herding dogs.
Then we headed off to feed the pigs and goats. The girls loved this.
We stopped for a family photo and then headed off to the corn maze. We picked up some corn that had fallen on the ground because we had a plan for that corn. We carried it with us to feed some of the other animals.
There’s a lot here for kids to do that doesn’t just involve animals. Structures to climb, slides and playground equipment are in various places throughout the farm. We found the big pillow and jumped on that for a bit just like what the kids had from Jellystone Campground. Rather, we watched the kids jump on that.
The visit wouldn’t be complete without the hay ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick some pumpkins. We ventured away from the group and found some small pumpkins on the edge of the crop. You weigh them on site and pay right there before heading back on the hay ride to main part of the farm.
We learned that pigs do fly, and then we made our last stop at the final round of pig races for the day. We got to see them all, as well as what happens when one gets distracted. And we used the corn to feed some of the pigs on our way out, and they really ate corn on the cob like, a, well…pig.