Pumpkins, pies, and hayrides! Fall is in the air and there is nothing better than the feeling you get attending a good old fashioned fall festival! I was blessed today to attend a local festival with Boo today at Schnept Farms in Queen Creek, AZ.
As we walked towards the entrance, Boo squeezed my hand in excitement. One hand holding his lovey, the other holding tightly to Mama, his eyes were lit up with anticipation of what was inside. Once in the farm, it did not disappoint. From the moment we were greeted at the gate by a young man who kindly painted a skull for Boo on his cheek, till the moment we lugged our Halloween pumpkin to the car, Boo was grinning ear to ear!
One thing I enjoyed most about this festival is that it was easily accessible and enjoyable for all visitors… I have often visited festivals that were only geared towards typically functioning children, but this is one all children can enjoy. My son with special needs not only was comfortable here, I felt the staff went above and beyond. For example, he was thrilled to see a pony ride. Although he is 16, he has developmental delay and is much younger than his years. He wanted to ride so badly but at almost 6 ft, that is just not going to happen with the little ponies. However, a kindhearted employee heard me talking to Boo that he couldn’t ride but we could watch. He talked to another employee and the two of them let Boo go in and pet one of the ponies before the next ride. This may have seemed a small deal to them but it was huge to my little boy. The whole way home he was bubbling with excitement that he got to pet the ponies. ..
We had so much fun getting lost in the corn maze and Boo felt so important that he found our way out. One of our highlights was the search for the perfect pumpkin! We spent quite a bit of time looking through the pumpkin patch for just the right fellow to bring home to carve. After all that walking, Mama found it relaxing to sit for a while on the hayride… After Boo was hungry so we headed out to see what the festival had to offer and his eyes twinkled when he saw they had a bakery. Inside, the smell of fresh baked pies and cookies lingered in a delicious aroma. Boo had a slice of homemade pumpkin pie but reminded me I couldn’t have any because I’m diabetic. ( I think he just didn’t want to share hahaha) Judging by how quickly he devoured the piece, I’d say it was seriously delicious.
After riding the carousel, watching pig races (yes… pig races!) and enjoying the petting zoo we were pretty tired out. We relaxed by riding the train then Boo enjoyed pumpkin gelato on our walk back to the car. It was such a fun and relaxing day! I highly recommend my local readers check out this fun, family oriented festival. I’d love to hear from my readers everywhere… do you have a local fall festival you adore? What makes it stand out to you?