Your first hayride makes for a life time memory and hundreds of kids did just that at the first Great KWF Farm Fest. Hayrides, Pie Eating contests, BBQ dinners, Cornhole tournaments and other farm contests will not be forgotten by the thousands who turned out for the first Farm Fest presented by the Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF) at Ridgway Farms!
On a perfect autumn day over 4,000 folks came out to support KWF and enjoy a day on the farm. Designed to raise awareness and funds for KWF's education, restoration, and research efforts on the Kenai Peninsula, this event drew in families and kids of all ages. "The Farm contests were certainly a highlight of the day," said KWF development director Josselyn O'Connor, "Tami Murray organized the games and did a terrific job, the farm contests included a bubble blowing championship, pie eating contest, duct tape challenge, and a moose calling competition. Children who participated in the Bubble Blowing Contest sponsored by Doc & Leonor Fraser were challenged to blow the biggest pile of bubbles in 30 seconds. There were bubble piles the size of basketballs," she said.
Competition was also fierce in the BP Pie Eating Contest. There was a children and adult division in the no hands allowed competition which resulted in lots of messy, smiling faces. In the end 12 year old Ryker King claimed the pie eating crown and the winner of the adult division is yet to be indentified pending dental records. Teams made up of one adult and one child were asked to construct a water container using a roll of duct tape and transport water across a tent in the Duct Tape Challenge with the first to fill their container claiming the title.
The race was a sticky one but in the end Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche and daughter Sophie took first place. Then contestants broke out their best bull and cow moose calls for the Moose Calling Contest and the winner was allegedly last seen running into the woods being chased by a donkey according to O'Connor.
The Great KWF Farm Fest also introduced the community to Cornhole! Sponsored by Chevron EMC, the Cornhole Tournament was a huge hit added O'Connor and sure to be repeated. "Cornhole is similar to the game of horseshoes but rather than tossing horseshoes, players toss bags filled with corn at boards. Scoring is similar to horseshoes. There ware 12 teams in the tournament and a huge congratulation to the team 'Fishology' for taking first place," she reported.
Over 800 people went though the petting zoo and there was an hour-long wait for hayrides the better part of the day. "Goes to show how much fun families can have on a farm.
The bounce house was a huge hit as well as the cupcake walk. Folks from around the area helped bake hundreds of cupcakes and delicious baked goods for the cupcake walk and bake sale.
The tables looked beautiful with all the care that went into each and every baked good. The kid's carnival was perhaps one of the most fun elements of the event especially for the younger children. From guessing games to hoop shoots to button making, the carnival had it all! Ridgeway Farm has a special charm to it that was enhanced by another key volunteer for KWF, Lauren Fraser.
It was her vision and eye for the unique that pulled the decorations together and made the farm sparkle. What a day! We were so thrilled to see so many families come out and have a good old time down on the farm.
The Farm Fest was a tremendous success and we are so happy that so many came out and enjoyed the day while supporting KWF. Volunteers are our secret to success and we couldn't have mad it happen without them," said O'Connor.