• Friendly scarecrows and Halloween decorations dot the landscape of the children's hay maze at the farm. Next to the maze are three large tubs of shelled corn for kids to play in.

    Fall fun ripe for the picking

    Friendly scarecrows and Halloween decorations dot the landscape of the children's hay maze at the farm. Next to the maze are three large tubs of shelled corn for kids to play in.

  • The 20-minute hayride gives visitors a tour of Marengo Creek Farms and its picturesque lake.

    Photos by Kristin Molinaro, The Bayonet

    The 20-minute hayride gives visitors a tour of Marengo Creek Farms and its picturesque lake.

  • Two-year-old Khonnor Dorminey shouts "Sheep!" as he points out newborn lambs to his dad, Matt, on a trip Sunday to Marengo Creek Farms.

    Fall fun ripe for the picking

    Two-year-old Khonnor Dorminey shouts "Sheep!" as he points out newborn lambs to his dad, Matt, on a trip Sunday to Marengo Creek Farms.

  • Several roosters are among hundreds of animals on the farm.

    Fall fun ripe for the picking

    Several roosters are among hundreds of animals on the farm.

  • The pumpkin patch fills up during the Autumn days leading up to Halloween.

    Fall fun ripe for the picking

    The pumpkin patch fills up during the Autumn days leading up to Halloween.

  • Families get comfortable Sunday for the 20-minute hayride around Marengo Creek Farms steered by Shelby Martin. The working sheep farm opens for a month each fall to offer fun activities to families. This year, the farm has a hay maze, tubs of shelled corn and a pumpkin patch. 
The farm is located 12 miles west of Phenix City.

    Fall fun ripe for the picking

    Families get comfortable Sunday for the 20-minute hayride around Marengo Creek Farms steered by Shelby Martin. The working sheep farm opens for a month each fall to offer fun activities to families. This year, the farm has a hay maze, tubs of shelled...

FORT BENNING, GA - Through Oct. 31 visitors can pick out their future jack-o'-lanterns and pies at the pumpkin patch and check out the assortment of farm animals at Marengo's working sheep farm. This year, the family-friendly farm boasts a hayride, hay maze and shelled corn boxes for children to play in.

"Marengo Creek offers a family farm experience," said Stewart Harvard, a self-described "agri-entertainer."
Harvard and his wife, Candy, began offering autumn activities at the farm eight years ago.

"A lot of kids have never seen farm animals before so it's fun for them to come here and stay the whole day," Stewart said.

Among the animals at the farm are turkeys, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, sheep dogs, racing pigeons, cows and a miniature horse. Autumn is a prime time to see the newborn lambs on the farm, said Shelby Martin, who has worked at the farm for six years.

Martin takes visitors on a 20-minute hayride along a dirt trail leading to a lake on the property. Along the trail are painted hay bales, scarecrows and a variety of other Halloween decorations, all kid-friendly.

"The hay ride is mostly for children, so we don't want it to be too scary," he said.

After a photo-op at the lake, visitors hop back on the hayride and it winds back around the property to the pumpkin patch, where they can search for a pumpkin souvenir to take home.

Khonnor Dorminey, 2, was out Sunday with his parents, Matt and Erin, looking for pumpkins to decorate their home.

"I'd never even heard of this place until recently," said Matt, who made the drive from Columbus to see the farm. "This was a great way to kick start tA,A!he season."

The farm is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. Admission is $7, children two and younger are free. The farm is located off Russell County Road 33 approximately 12 miles west of Phenix City. For more information and directions, visit www.marengocreekfarms.com.

Fort Benning's annual Oktoberfest, held this year from Friday to Oct. 18, also feature a free pumpkin patch. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 18.

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