Herndon’s Fall Carnival Fun at Farm Harvest Days also aims to teach families about farm life in the 1900s. Visitors can milk a cow, churn butter or cut firewood. But what makes this festival different is its carnival atmosphere.
“It is a great time to celebrate and be with your family,” says Todd Brown, the Fairfax County parks manager who has worked at the festival for about 15 years.
That might mean learning all about the chores that had to be done on a farm in 1920, or taking a ride on the tea cups, Tilt-A-Whirl or the antique carousel. Stroll through the funhouse and give the swings a try.
“Think county fair,” says Tawny Hammond, a manager at the park who has worked at the festival for about 15 years.
With music, corn dogs, hundreds of animals, pumpkins and scarecrow-making on this historic working farm, there has to be a little something for everyone.
by Moira McLaughlin