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Places to have fun on the farm

Travelers looking for unique farm experiences will have plenty of options this fall as farms across the state open their gates to welcome visitors. From pumpkin patches and corn mazes to festivals and farmers markets, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Visitors are encouraged to verify event dates and hours of operations before they go.

• Thomas Family Farm, 44161  Millingport Road, Richfielf, Pumpkin Patch, Thursday and Friday, 3-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m. Hay rides, cattle cars, corn pit, pumpkins and more. 704-791-8228.

• Patterson Farm, 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla. Fall Festival Season through Nov. 2. Grandparents Weekend Oct. 5-6, Scout Appreciation Weekend Oct. 12-13; Touch a Tractor Oct. 19-20; Theatre at the Farm, “Stinky Cheese Man, Oct. 26-27.  704-636-4005.

• The Guilford Local Foods Celebration will be held Oct. 5-12. The week-long celebration includes farm tours, local tastings, cooking demonstrations and more events to celebrate Guilford County farmers.

• South Fork Sweet Sorghum Festival will be held Oct. 26 in Hillsborough. Bringing 19th century traditions into the 21st century, featuring demonstrations of harvesting, stripping, milling, cooking and bottling sweet sorghum syrup.

• Chickadee Farms in Clayton is hosting their premier farm-to-fork event of the year on Oct. 27 from 4-8 p.m. The event includes a pig picking, pie contest, music, crafts, farm tours and more.

• Huckleberry Trail Farm in Siler City is open Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October. The farm strives to offer an accessible farm and autism friendly environment.

• Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur will be hosting OktoberFest each weekend in October, and an Apple Cider 5k and 10k run on Nov. 2 at 9 a.m.

• Visit The Barn at Lloyd’s Dairy in Efland for the Orange County Feargrounds Haunted Barn Oct. 25, 26 and 31 from 7-11 p.m. The dairy also is hosting the Tarheel Antiques Festival and Christmas Craft Show Nov. 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Harvest Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Valle Crucis invites travelers to experience the best weekend fall family fun in the High Country. Visitors can take a hayride, get lost in a corn maze, harvest their own pumpkin or choose from a selection of pre-picked pumpkins.

• The Living Well Folk School at Sustenance Farm in Franklinville will be offering workshops in local self-reliance, long-term sustainability, emergency readiness, modern homesteading, healthy living and community building on Oct. 19 and Nov. 16.

• Sonlight Farms in Kenly will be open every Saturday through Oct. 26. This fall, they are hosting two themed Saturdays with special activities and crafts, in addition to hayrides, pumpkins, animals, playground and more. On Oct. 26, visitors can conquer their corn maze at night with the farm’s Blackout Challenge.

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