For the last three years our family has loved going out to PrairieLand Dairy's huge carnival in Firth, Nebraska. It always amazes me how much time, money, and energy go into making this day a success. There are volunteers all over the farm either serving food, helping with the petting zoo, leading tours, or helping people with directions. There are 6 buses that run continuously the entire day, shuttling people from a high school to the farm, and back. Literally every 5 minutes a bus leaves! They must have at least a couple thousand people come out, and it seems bigger every year. The food is great (chips, shredded beef burgers, carrots, and ice cold Chocolate, Strawberry, or 2% milk, and then Ice Cream!), there are tons of things for kids to do, and the farm tour is always interesting.
Here are Ani and Lukka (and dad taking the picture) inside the haybale maze/mountain. Pretty fun!
Here is a smaller green house of theirs, where they have loads of their own composted soil for kids (of all ages ;) to play in, burying vegetables, and digging them up again.
Here is one of the 4 'corn boxes', where instead of a sand box, it's all corn kernals. The kids LOVED this and could have easily stayed all day. Definitely a fun time for any kid who loves putting their hand in the bulk food bins!
Every year we are prepared. The morning of the Dairy Day, it poured in Lincoln, so I knew it would be muddy out in Firth. And come on! It's a farm! You should always be prepared for mud out on a farm. Here's a shot of my boots that came in handy out there. If you're local and you ever head out--don't wear flip flops or good shoes. They will get ruined, I promise. Mud, straw (itches and can hurt little feet in flip flops), and general farm goo will get all over your feet, or prevent you from getting dirty and having fun. Take your boots!~