This past Saturday was my first day working at Odom Farming for the Fall season. Not only did the day start out with a bang, I stepped on a mound of fire ants. Yep, I am currently writing this as a way to distract myself from scratching the bites. But other than that I was excited to introduce all of my friends at Carolina Blogging to the fun fall activities that the farm has to offer.
Before I get into the activities, let me share a little background into the relationship I have with the farm. The farm just loves to employ my family. Maddie, my oldest was the first to work there, in fact, we even had her graduation party there. Then Maddie left for college, Mikaela took her place. Now that Mikaela has left for college I took her place, and I am sure that Gracie will be joining me next year. It is like what JR, one of the owners said on Saturday to the group they are probably going to employ my whole family before too long.
Having a blogger meet and greet at the farm was an idea I came up with while I was getting my photos taken in the sunflower fields. I asked Emily and JR if they had ever thought about hosting a media day to help get their names out there. And from there a meet and greet was born.
Emily, who I loved working with this summer, picked the afternoon of the opening day on the farm for the event. And I can honestly tell you that everyone attending the event had a fantastic time. The only thing that could have made the day any better was if the weather was cooler. Because here in North Carolina, even though it is Fall it is still HOT!!!
Just look at all the fall activities that we were able to do at the farm. We heard Emily and JR talk about their farm as they gave a little history of it.
Emily told me that she was so glad that my friend Amy, from Amy LaTour Photography, was able to get this picture of her and JR together. ( I will have to give a shout out to Amy who came in literally at the last minute to take the photos for our event. She did a fantastic job, and I can’t thank her enough for all she did. She squeezed us in before a senior photo session she had later that day. )
Sarah from Carolina Blogging came up with a fun scavenger hunt for the bloggers to do while they are at the farm. One of the things was to take a selfie with Clementine, their rescue goat. She was one of the victims of Hurricane Matthew, and she has now made her home at the farm. Come November she will get a little bit of company because she is with child.
Seeing some of the city bloggers trying to get a picture with her was hilarious. She wanted to love them and decided to eat some of their hair. She has a great trick- getting her head stuck in the fence.
Then it was time for the hayride. I will have to say that the ladies working at the farm that day went above and beyond making sure that each person in attendance had a fantastic time. One blogger, Michelle from The Special Moms World had her son with her, and they were able to get him and his wheelchair on the hayride. It warms my heart to see businesses that respond to those in the special needs community.
I think the biggest hit with the kids was the corn crib.
Oh, and I can’t forget the big sandbox filled with all kinds of toys.
And then there is the hay jump as well.
The corn maze, although it was small due to the weather, was still complicated. As a lot of the adults couldn’t find their way out of it. And of course, you can’t go the farm without getting a pumpkin. All these fun fall activities await you at Odom Farming Company. But before I go I wanted to share with you the surprise guest I had lined up for the bloggers and that was Dorothy and Toto from Coco Darlings.
Ssh! Don’t tell Allie I had my picture taken with another dog. She is going to be mad at me. I think this was a fantastic event and I can’t thank Emily and JR from Odom Farming Company, Courtney from Coco Darlings and Amy from Amy LaTour Photography for making this event such a great success. Now I am off planning the next one. But before I go here is a picture of all the bloggers with Dorothy.
Until the next event. Hope you enjoy all these fun farm activities.