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Fall Fun at the Farm

Walton EMC customer-owners help families make memories

“Making memories since 1993” is more than an advertising slogan at Washington Farms. For owners John and Donna Washington, it’s a personal mission statement. And the broad smiles and echoing laughter of families who visit their farm for fall fun are a testament that the Walton EMC customer-owners are achieving their goal.

This month, Washington Farms opens for the fall season. A pick-your-own pumpkin patch and 8.5-acre corn maze headline a broad offering of agriculture-inspired activities that provide hours of entertainment – and a memorable experience – for visitors of all ages.

Families from many counties enjoy visiting Washington Farms to pick out a fall pumpkin, wandering through the corn maze or just spending time making priceless memories.

“We want people to come out and have fun as a family,” said John. “My greatest joy is to hear real conversations between parents and their children while they’re picking a pumpkin or going on a hayride. I hope it’s something they’ll always remember.”

The outdoor venue encourages running and playing in a safe environment, added Donna.

“So many times today, families spend their time watching things together. We give them the alternative: getting out of the house and doing things together,” she said.

Fun for All

Though it’s open for berry picking in the spring and summer, fall is THE season at the Oconee County farm. A team of 130 employees is on hand to help the Washington family entertain guests with more than 30 attractions.

Children can burn plenty of energy playing in the corn box, climbing on hay bale mountain and engaging with farm animals in the petting zoo. Teens and adults alike will enjoy the recently added zip line, playing paintball or taking a nighttime walk through the corn maze.

Among the most popular attractions at Washington Farms are the exciting pig races. Young porkers give it all they have in a race against each other to win a treat at the finish line.

The pig races are popular with all ages. Emceed by John, the races pit the farm’s own porkers against each other in a squealing, grunting sprint to the finish line.

For many, spending an autumn day at Washington Farms has become a family tradition.

“Parents who came here when they were kids are now bringing their own children out to the farm,” said John. “They’re creating new family memories.”

To make your own fall memories, visit Washington Farms at 5691 Hog Mountain Road in Bogart. During the fall season, the farm is open on weekends and some weekdays. Check their website at washingtonfarms.net or Facebook page for daily hours of operation, admission prices, complete list of attractions and details about special weekend celebrations.