Harvest Farm’s Fall Festival

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Fall is one of my favorite times of year, and not just because it hails the start of another round of the pumpkin spice craze!  As the days get shorter and the air breathes a bit cooler, fall also means it’s time for our family to spend a day at the fall festival! This year, I was lucky enough to be invited to Harvest Farms Fall Festival in Wellington, Colorado (stay tuned for a special coupon!). Not only was our experience amazing, but we were able to learn about the amazing mission of this farm; helping to break the cycle of addiction and homelessness.

THE FARM and it’s mission

Harvest Farms Fall Festival

Harvest Farm is a 209 acre working farm producing naturally raised Black Angus beef with no hormones, no antibiotics and is pasture-born and pasture-raised. It is also home to other livestock, including pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, and a small dairy herd of Jerseys.

These animals as well as all farm maintenance and meals are tended by 72 men who participate in a long-term program with the goal of breaking the cycle of addiction and homelessness. Working together with the Denver Rescue Mission the farm’s participants  engage in a New Life Program extending up to 27 months, designed to help them gain the skills, stability and self-esteem necessary to become productive, self-sufficient members of society.

Harvest Farms Fall Festival

Attending fall festivals and pumpkin patches are a a favorite past time for my family. However this particular experience, where we were able to see men changing their lives for the better and hear the stories of some of the participants and what the farm meant for their future, was truly amazing.

Fun at the farm!

Aside from helping so many men recover and start a new life, Harvest Farm is also the scene of some seriously amazing fun! We have been to quite a few fall festivals over the years, and I can honestly say that I have never had so much fun with my children while also experiencing such a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere.

Harvest Farms Fall Festival

With admission guests have access to a wide variety of activities! You can view all activities HERE, however I will go over our family favorites below!

Pig Races!

Harvest Farms Fall Festival

Have you ever seen a pig race? I certainly haven’t, but must admit that is was possibly the cutest thing I have ever watched! The announcers really get the crowd excited and the kids involved by letting them help to name each racer. The races are short and sweet and it’s so much fun to cheer for those cute pink pigs! My kiddos were particularly excited to watch the runt of the pack try to beat out her bigger porkies! Races start 30 min. after opening & run every 90 min. after that so you have many chances to watch throughout the day, or to catch a second glimpse as my children wanted to do!

Corn Maze

I must admit that I haven’t done a corn maze in almost 20 years, and it was a highlight to our Harvest Farm adventure! With easy, medium, and hard paths, there is a maze for everyone in the family. Our kids had such a great time taking charge and getting us massively lost, even in the easy maze! If you have a tracking app on your phone it is really fun to turn it on and watch just how silly your path becomes!

Harvest Farms Fall Festival

Corn CannonsHarvest Farms Fall Festival

For the blasters of the family, meaning EVERYONE in mine, these cannons are super fun! Much like large potato guns, but with the extra kick of a generator and propane, the whole family will have fun shooting corn cobs at a variety of targets across a large field. Or, if anyone in your family is like my 6 year old, they will simply enjoy shooting them as high and as far as possible! I’m pretty sure my husband would have stayed here all day if I allowed him to!

Petting ZooHarvest Farms Fall Festival

After running around the corn maze we headed to the petting zoo for a little down time. Here, each of my 6 children managed to fall in love with an animal they begged to take home! Between the two calf’s, the silly goats, ponies, donkeys, and a huge, extremely patient and sweet barnyard dog, everyone was in heaven.

Harvest Farms Fall Festival

Natural Play Area

This area is specifically for kids; meaning parents are asked to let their kids be kids and to watch from the sidelines. This may seem a bit like asking for Lord of the Flies, but our kids could have stayed here all day and had the best time of their lives. Harvest Farms Fall Festival

The area is stocked with various sizes of tires, tree stumps and tubes for kids to build imaginative structures or to just have a ball rolling down the hill. I loved watching each of my kids’ personality shine as they created and played. While I have to admit that I had a hard time not intervening, my children had a much better time in this less structured environment, and truly worked together in ways I haven’t seen in ages.

Yard Games & Corn Box Covered Wagons

Harvest Farms Fall Festival

A large section of the farm is dedicated to simple, well loved games like corn hole, horseshoes, Jenga, and yard tennis, along with an arena for kids and adults alike to try their hand at cattle roping a metal steer. Despite the nearness of bunnies to pet, my kids couldn’t get enough of lasso-ing a fake cow!

Harvest Farms Fall Festival

We also spent a large chunk of time in the covered wagons full of corn kernels. Whoever thought kids would love playing in a box full of corn was a bona-fide genius!

Hay Wagon Ride

Our final activity for the day was to hitch a ride on the hay bale wagon and tour the farm. Not only was the scenery beautiful but a former participant of the program was there to give us all the information about everything we saw. I loved seeing how the farm works and hearing his story of success, told amid funny commentary with a happy outlook.

Harvest Farms Fall Festival

Aside from all the fun we had we also were able to partake is some pretty delicious food! Harvest farm welcomes food trucks during it’s business hours so it’s guests have a wide variety of food-fare to choose from. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I insisted on testing out their kettle corn, which more than satisfied! In fact, i decided I needed another bag to take home for later! I also was able to procur some of Harvest Farm’s very own honey, which is truly amazing!

Harvest Farms Fall Festival

There are a whole slew of pumpkin patches these days that offer fall festivals and fun for the whole family. Harvest Farm, however, though it may not be the closest, is absolutely at the top of my list for fun as well as for participating a truly noble mission. Each admission fee goes directly to supporting the farm and the men who are given a new chance at life because of it.

Also, right now my readers get $2 off their admission! Click HERE for a this great coupon!

***Please note they are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and offer special events every Saturday!!

Fridays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sundays: noon – 6 p.m.

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Harvest Farms Fall Festival

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I am a pumpkin spice loving, fall decor enjoying woman and my family loves it as much as I do! One thing we always look forward to is heading to a pumpkin patch for some good old fashioned festival fun!

This year we have decided to change things up from our regular pumpkin patch and head North a bit to support Harvest Farm, an outreach of Denver Rescue Mission, that helps those recovering from chronic homelessness and addiction attain self-sufficiency in a community setting. Proceeds from the festival directly support the New Life Program at Harvest Farm.

This year marks the 15th Annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze and I can’t wait to get lost in the family fun! The event features a 10-acre corn maze, pig races, hay wagon rides, corn cannons, petting zoo, hay bale maze and more!
***Please note they are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October!

Fridays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sundays: noon – 6 p.m.

Here is a list of all the attractions we are looking forward to trying out!

Attractions:
10 acre Corn Maze
Hay Bale Pyramid
Pig Races
Petting Zoo
Goat City
Duck Races
Roping Area
Corn Cannons
Pumpkins
Concessions

Click HERE for a great coupon for the corn maze!

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