Because of rain two weekends ago, we postponed our organization's annual autumn festival until Sunday afternoon, October 27. Though it didn't end up raining on the date the event was originally scheduled, the sky that day was still mostly overcast and chilly; in contrast, last Sunday offered a perfect fall weekend, so I'm glad we waited.
The hayrides are popular with children, their parents, and their grandparents. Our wagon will accommodate about 25 people for a 45-minute ride. The first two rides weren't full, but we were stuffed into the wagon on the third ride; I much prefer the more spacious rides.
You can see from the images that the native grasses are at their peak right now - tawny and beautiful - but the trees in the background remain dull green or muted shades of tan and brown. Our forests are never as vibrant as the New England forests on October calendars because we don't have many maples in our woods, but this year's colors will not be among the best regardless.
There's a 10-acre private in-holding in our grasslands: a gentleman's horse farm. While the in-holding breaks up the sweep of the grasslands, it nonetheless adds an aesthetic accent to the landscape.
Following the hayrides, children had an opportunity to decorate pumpkins and have their faces painted with Halloween themes. A few kids took advantage of early leaf-fall to dive into a pile and have a great time.
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