Written by Ashley Toler
Waterman’s Family Farm is back with their annual Fall Festival and this year marks their 40th celebration! We recently visited the Raymond Street location, and here’s what you need to know:
When is Waterman’s Family Farm Open?
The market is open seven days a week until October 31st, on Sunday-Friday from 10 am-6 pm and Saturday from 9 am-6 pm.
Parking and Entrances to Waterman’s Farm
Parking is free and located adjacent to the festival ground. The area is a working farm with a potential to be muddy, with several graveled areas, so be sure to dress for the occasion. On weekdays, the regular side entrance will be open. On weekends, both the side entrance and front entrance behind the market will be open.
Admission to Waterman’s Family Farm
Wristbands are $8/ person on weekdays, $10/ person on weekends, or $40/ family daily. The family price includes up to 3 adults and all children in the household. To avoid risking traveling to the farm to find it at capacity for the day, they are recommending purchasing your tickets online this year. Daily capacity has been reduced to 50%.
Everyone ages 3 and up needs a paid wristband. Children 2 and under are Free. The wristband includes hayride, train ride, and ground activities. Activities available at an additional fee include feeding goats, petting zoo for rabbits, pony rides, and prize games.
Know Before You Go
Safety measures include limiting vendors, social distancing, and requiring masks of all staff and visitors. If you forget you mask, Waterman’s has them available to purchase for $1 each. Wagon rides are limited to 21 participants per ride.
Staff has gone beyond CDC recommendations, with staff on hand solely for sanitizing picnic tables, restroom facilities, train, wagons, all attractions and high-touch areas. There are 20 hand sanitizer stations located throughout the grounds, as well as six wash stations.
There are two restrooms with running water, many single port-a-lets, and two handicap accessible port-a-lets with baby changing stations.
Food at Waterman’s Farm
There are three locations outside the market to purchase food during your visit. A concession stand offering hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, tenderloins, chicken tenders and more is located immediately inside the market entrance.
Shish Kabobs is located near the train station and offers kabobs, ribeye sandwiches, egg rolls, gyros, and more.
Jones Poppy Kettle Corn is on-site near the hayride boarding area and offers a variety of popcorn, lemon shake-ups, and bottled beverages. There are covered picnic tables located in the middle of these three locations to enjoy your food.
What to do at Waterman’s Farm
Football toss, basketball throw, pumpkin bowling, corn maze, climbing the straw bale adventure area, spinning pumpkin ride, human hamster wheels, playground, swings, sand pit with tractor tires to climb, and multiple photo locations are included with your wristband.
Additional fee activities include feeding the goats, with options ranging from $2-$5. You can visit the bunny pen and baby goats for $2, and pony rides are available for $5 for participants under 80lbs.
At the Scarecrow Factory, you can stuff and dress your own scarecrow. There are several spots and props to get a photo with your straw-stuffed friend. The fun of creating and designing your scarecrow is included in your wristband. You may opt to bring it home for a $15 fee.
All aboard at the jack-o-lantern junction! This sweet and slow-paced train is perfect for littles to ride around the festival area and preview all the stops they will want to make after returning to the depot.
The combine slide is a favorite of my kiddos, so they were happy to see it still there. This year, though, Waterman’s has taken it up a notch with two “mountain” slides. They are made atop two large mounds of dirt, topped with a sturdy plastic for sliding, and tractor tire stairs. The kids were loving it, rushing back to the top as soon as they had slid to the bottom.
You will not be able to pick your own pumpkins this year on the hayride. The hayride does not stop at the patch, instead taking you on an educational trip around the Waterman’s property, with views of the fields, patch, and beehives. Carving and pie pumpkins are available for purchase at the market. Also in the market you will find a variety of fresh produce, honey from the beehives on-site that are used to pollinate the crops, canned recipes unique to Waterman’s, and much more. There is also the option to U-pick green beans, peppers, tomatoes, and greens.
Pumpkin-eating Dinosaur, Tyranny
Check the sign for the times Tyranny will be chomping on pumpkins! The staff puts on a big production of feeding the dinosaur and kids get a big kick out of this, especially excited at the chance to be picked to choose a pumpkin for the dinosaur to eat.
The midway games are all located together in one location this year. Games are priced at $5 each and you play until you win, a prize every time. The available games are cup shooting, Lucky Duck pick-a-duck, and dart tossing to pop balloons.
7010 E. Raymond St.