Figaro Farms presents Fall Festival
By Maria Lindsay
GREEN — Pumpkins and produce and fun, oh my. That’s what Figaro Farms, located at the corner of Cottage Grove and East Turkeyfoot Lake roads, will present to the community for the next seven weeks.
The first annual Fall Festival, organized by owner Andrew Figley, will include a sweet corn challenge, a scarecrow contest, Halloween activities, hayrides, a corn maze, live music, games and more. The festival will take place Sept. 23 and 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28, Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Oct. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m.; and Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“This festival is about getting the community together for some fun,” said Figley. “It’s a celebration of the fruits of our labor on the farm. Our harvest has been great, and we want to share it with the community.”
On Sept 23 at 4 p.m., activities will include a sweet corn challenge during which the first 100 individuals to sign up can participate in a 10-minute corn-eating contest.
Community organizations including schools, churches and other service groups are encouraged to enter a scarecrow contest to win $100, $200 or $300 in classroom supplies.
Entries, which must be able to withstand the weather, are due Oct. 13 and will be displayed in the Pumpkin Patch. The general public will be able to view all entries and vote for the top three. Entry forms are available from Figaro Farms. The festival will add a few “frightful” activities, such as the Haunted Trail, Field of Screams and Wicked Woods, to celebrate Halloween starting Oct. 6.
On the last weekend of events, Nov. 4, woodcarver Joseph Frohnapfel will create several pieces of art. The winner of the scarecrow contest also will be announced.
Figley also has set up a picturesque walking trail, complete with bales of hale at strategic spots to create opportunities for family photos. Visitors also will be able to walk through corn and hay mazes, take hayrides, ride Mummy Mountain — a 40-foot inflatable slide with a 40-degree slope, and play Spud Slinger — a sling shot that uses potatoes to hit three different targets — a black cat, pumpkin and witch.
Visitors also will be able to take photos on a refurbished Amish buggy on top of Memory Mountain. Produce and craft items will be for sale.
From 4 to 8 p.m., bands will perform, including Country Sunrise Special Oct. 7, the Shaffer Brothers Irish Band Oct. 14 and the Dusty Road Band Oct. 28.
Admission to the festival and all activities Sept. 23 and 30 is $5 and free for children ages 4 and younger. After Sept. 30, admission is $5 for children ages 5-12 and senior citizens ages 60 and older; and $7.50 for anyone older than 13. Admission for Halloween activities, offered Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 11 p.m., is $10. On Nov. 4, the admission will be a canned good that will be donated to Harvest for Hunger.
For more information, call Figaro Farms at (330) 896-8661.