WORDEN — Kids ran, slid, jumped, picked and fired their way through the Boonies Farm annual Fall Days this past weekend — and their parents couldn’t be happier.
“Being cooped up with the quarantines and everything, just being able to get out and let the kids run and have fun has been very nice,” said Paul Harmon of Edwardsville. “We are experiencing everything. We got pumpkins, they went through the corn maze, and then they’ve just been playing around all day. I definitely prefer it over video games.”
Boonies Farm on Dustman Road in Worden hosted numerous families on Friday through Sunday, who took advantage of perfect fall weather to pick pumpkins and engage in other entertaining and interesting activities.
“We did a little bit of everything, jumped on the jump pad, saw the goats, went down the slide a lot, and they fired the cannons, which they liked a lot,” said Sarah Hausman of Bunker Hill. “And now we have the four perfect pumpkins. It feels great to finally be able to get out of the house and today is a good day for it.”
Kara Edwards of Sorento said she brings her children to Boonies Farm on a regular basis.
“We have come with Sorento Elementary School on field trips and it’s always a great time,” Edwards said. “There are always so many activities for the kids and they thoroughly enjoy it.”
“They have been aching to get out so we have been trying to do a lot of outdoor activities like camping, but this is more their style than just sitting at the campground,” Edwards said. “We usually get our pumpkins from our family farm but they wanted to come and get ones from here today.”
Smiling kids belonging to Thomas Scroggins of Staunton had just launched a large piece of produce at some distant targets. Their launch vehicle of choice was the gourd cannon, the compressed-air-powered little brother to the larger, adjacent and very popular pumpkin cannon.
“The kids got a big kick out of the gourd shooter; it’s been a lot of fun today,” Scroggins said. “We just fed the goats and we will go pick some pumpkins in a little bit.”
“It is very nice to get out of the house for a while,” Scroggins said. “I won’t lie, we play our fair share of video games. But we like to get outdoors too.”
The Boonies Farm Fall Days continue through November 1 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.booniesfarm.com.