Dickson-Murst Farm: It’s about the kids

By on August 8, 2009

MONTGOMERY—When Day at the Farm is held Sunday, Aug. 23, activities and displays that are kid-oriented will once again be prominent.

“We’ve always made our events for families, but after our successful Farm Camp, we realize even more how much kids love the farm,” farm partner Ken Wolf said.

Youngsters enjoy the hayrides, especially when they are horse-drawn, but they also like sitting behind a tractor. After the rides, there are tractors to look at, and at noon, a tractor parade.

The day includes kiddie tractor pulls, too. There are classes for different age and weight groups, and girls as well as boys are encouraged to participate.

“In fact, in the past couple years the girls have done a lot of winning,” partner and event photographer Merrie Woodward said.

For children who like quieter games, there are coloring and drawing opportunities. New this year will be display of the farm “inventions,” developed by local youngsters during the recent Farm Camp, as well as a “quilt” they created out of paper. Pony rides and a petting zoo give kids a chance to meet farm animals.

Day at the Farm is a free event focused on farms and family. The Conservation Foundation, owner of the farm and co-host of the event, notes that the event will be held rain or shine, with parking available in adjacent areas.

Dickson-Murst Farm is at 2550 Dickson Road on the west side of Montgomery. It is one mile east of Route 47, two miles west of Orchard Road, between Route 30 and Galena Road.

For information or sponsorship opportunities, call (630) 272-0686.