HOT SHOTS: Fall Festival at Homestead Gardens
You know fall has arrived when the weather is a little cooler, the trees are starting to turn colors, and the intersection at Central Avenue and Davidsonville Road is jammed on a weekend morning. That is because visitors from all around come for the Homestead Gardens‘ Fall Festival.
Owner Brian Riddle said that he wanted to change things up this year. And change he did. He moved the flow of foot traffic into the Fall Festival through the store where it used to be adjacent on the west side of the building. He added a few new attractions, including a jumping pillow, which can fit 20 to 30 people at a time. He also added a corn maze on the southernmost part of the property.
The old attractions are still there, a tractor train-ride, the pumpkin bowling, face painting, pony rides and a straw maze for the little ones. Under the food pavilion, the band Black Cadillac played the blues and rock music while diners enjoyed BBQ and those delicious apple cider donuts that Homestead brings out each fall.
One of the favorite attractions on Sunday was the Reptile World man, Michael Shwedeck, who brought in a variety of reptiles. He talked to the young and the old about conservation and the role reptiles of all kinds play in the ecosystem, including a cobra, a bearded lizard, a python, an alligator and a crocodile. He will be back Oct. 14.
- Fall Festivals Start This Weekend in South County (southriversource.com)