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2017 Cox Farms Fall Festival

September 19, 2017
Kathleen Molloy
15621 Braddock Road
Centreville, VA 20120
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Don’t tell anyone.  This is the first time I have taken my family to Cox Farms.  As a native of northern Virginia I should be shunned.  What was I thinking waiting all these years to take my now 10 year old to the most awesome Fall Festival?!

I have to give a shout out to all the staff.  From the minute we arrived to the 3 ½ hours we spent in the blazing sun, the staff were just downright nice.  They were present at every attraction, took pictures for us and accommodated my husband who is handicapped.  

Hands down, our family’s favorite part of the event was the hayride.  First of all, I love that you sit on loose hay.  That was a first time experience for us.  The 20 minute jaunt takes you through cornfields (be sure to watch that the stalks don’t smack you in the face), over ponds and along a magical and mystical ride.  Not to give much away, but you will encounter alien life forms, cartoon characters from childhood, gnomes (my favorite thing to see), prehistoric animals and real live horses.  Costumed employees and sounds really make this a great activity for families of all ages.

Cox Farms Fall Festival

Another fun part was the Cornundrum.  My daughter was relieved it wasn’t a maze, but kind of like a fun house through the corn fields.  If your child doesn’t want to walk through some of the attractions, there is a paved path around that still allows you to complete the journey as a family.  Sound effects, safari animals, Egyptian hieroglyphics and a not-so-scary monster museum are just some of the things you will encounter.

Then there are the slides.  Five of them and all amazing.  We skipped the Dino Slide, which had a long line, but how cool that it has six slides in one.  My daughter rode the castle and log slides a few times.  She said the volcano slide was the fastest and we enjoyed a ride on the barn slide together.   

Cox Farms Fall Festival

We saw a turkey, some chickens and week old piglets eating pumpkins.  There were bunnies, horses and goats to be petted.  The funniest was a staring match with some serious Blue Face Leicester sheep.  To fully experience life on a farm, I put my daughter to work collecting corn from a grain elevator.

Cox Farms Fall Festival

New to the farm this year is Foamhenge.  Yes!  I had seen this weird attraction years ago when I was in Natural Bridge, but never took a picture.  I’m so glad that Mark Cline’s life size styrofoam and fiberglass creation has found a new home at Cox Farms.  On a side note, another fun trip is a visit to Dinosaur Land in the Shenandoah Valley where Cline’s sculptures are on display.  Also new is a tractor museum where you can touch over a dozen antique tractors.

Cox Farms Fall Festival

Of the 90 acres that is Cox Farms, there was no way we could do everything in one visit.  We didn’t partake in the Imaginature Trail because my daughter was too old, but it sounds cute for those who love fairytales.  You can read about it in the 2015 Our Kids review of Cox Farms.  Other things we missed were festival games, rope swings or the musical milking cow show.  Little ones will also enjoy the kiddie zone with a corn crib, gingerbread house slide and more.

Complimentary cider and apples were included in admission.  My greedy girl took copious amounts of apple cider from the barrel.  I love that Cox partners with Rinker Orchard for their cider and Marker Miller Orchard for their delicious Gala apples.  

With 13 options, there’s no shortage of food at Cox Farms.  Peanut products are used in Cox’s Kitchen.  The kitchen serves up burgers, hot dogs, pizza slices, pulled pork sandwiches, caramel apples, and even Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes.  It’s hard to ignore the smell of kettle corn and freshly made apple cider donuts.  You can, of course, also bring in your own food and drinks. Bring a water bottle.  There are several faucets to refill and stay hydrated throughout the day.

Cox Farms Fall Festival

Before you leave, remember each wristband equals a small pumpkin to take home.  Upon exiting, check out the festival market where you can pick up pies from Mom’s Apple Pie Company, that famous Rinker Orchard Cider, apples and seasonal toys and decor.

Tidbits:

  • The Fall Festival is open September 22 to October 31, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again November 3 to 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tickets range in price from $6 to $20 per person for ages 2 and up and prices depend on the day you visit.  There are discount days, value days and peak days.  Regardless of the price, I felt that the value was top notch.  Avoid the line and purchase your tickets online.
  • On weekends, for an additional fee, you can pan for arrowheads or gems at Cox’s Mining Company.  There are also arrowheads on display and a neat history of the farm nearby.
  • Portable toilets are located throughout the farm, which means you don’t have to walk far.
  • Cox Farms is on sloping ground that is not paved.  Tons of strollers were present, but to make your life easier, all-terrain wheels are best.
  • Bring water bottles to stay cool throughout the day.  There are stations where you can refill for free, but you can also buy bottled water.  Also, don’t forget the sunscreen.
  • Print out a map online.  Give one to every person in your party.  If you get lost, head to the big yellow chair; you can’t miss it.
  • For teens and adults in search of a scare, Cox Farms turns into the Fields of Fear at night (click here to read the Our Kids review).  Tickets range from $15 to $25.  I told my husband we should have a date night around the bonfire at the farm.

Photos courtesy of Kathleen Molloy.

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I can't wait to take my kids to this! It is always a favorite fall activity.

By: rachels on Thu Oct 19, 2017
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