Written by: Tori Gleeson
Crooked Pines Farm, a family-owned business located in Eatonton, hosted their sixth annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1. It included a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a chili cook-off, a petting farm and many other activities.
An expected 500 to 1,000 visitors made their way to the farm for this highly anticipated event, which started at noon and lasted until 4 p.m. that day. With 1,000 pumpkins to pick from and multiple vendors to browse, the festival was the perfect way to spend a beautiful Saturday.
“We absolutely love having this festival every year,” said Angela Criscoe, owner and GC Mass Communications professor. “There’s live music, festival games and vendors from all over the state so there is lots of fun to be had by everyone who comes.” Vendors including Shabby Cat Studio, Creative Collections, Mary Kay and many more set up camp on the property to sell their products and participate in a competition for the best decorated booth.
Anyone who attended the festival had the opportunity to vote on his or her favorite booth and winners were announced at the end. “We really enjoy opportunities like these to get more involved with our growing community and we’re thankful the folks at Crooked Pines let us be a part of this fun day,” said a volunteer from The Bridge Church.
Alongside the jewelry and homemade decorations, a Georgia Butts BBQ food truck was parked on site delivering delicious BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs and ice-cold sweet tea to hungry customers. For those who weren’t too full from lunch, there was also an opportunity to sample all of the delicious chili from the booths that participated in the chili cook-off. “My favorite part of the festival was talking to all of the chili cook-off contestants and learning the secrets behind the different recipes,” said Maddy Reyhan, a GC student.
Most of the excitement took place outside, but their 4,000 square foot barn offered more entertainment inside along with a nice, cool break from the heat. Many of the parents also enjoyed the playtime spent with their little ones in the field and actually proved that bounce houses aren’t just for kids.
“As a student teacher placed in Putnam County, it was nice to see my students having a blast outside with their families,” said Cassidy Culberson, GC student. The Farm is known for hosting many exciting events throughout the year like the Easter Eggstravaganza and the Ice Cream Festival, but the Pumpkin Festival hosted in the fall is known for drawing the largest crowd.
Be sure to check out the Crooked Pines Farm website to stay up to date with their events that take place all year-round.
(Feature image by: Tori Gleeson / Staff photographer)