(BASTROP) For sure, the temperatures will get cooler and fall will be upon us. But in the meantime, Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop will tickle families’ fancy for fall at their annual Fall Festival on the weekends and Columbus Day from Sept. 29 through Nov. 4.
It’s this time of year that families gather at The Farm, situated on approximately 181 acres with sprawling Cottonwood Trees along the emerald green Colorado River, on a Saturday or Sunday for live music, yummy treats, and good, old-fashion fun.
Visitors can lose themselves in the main attraction, a corn maze with tricky twists and turns. This year’s maze theme is “Texas State of Mind,” a four-acre tribute to our great state.
For those looking for something less challenging, numerous activities invite guests to the main grounds running along the Colorado River. Barton Hill Farms pumpkin patch offers a picturesque setting for those first fall pictures of the season. Visitors can welcome the fall by decorating their purchased pumpkins and by having their faces painted. The Farm holds special intrigue for younger visitors who might choose to romp a while on the huge inflatable pillow-like trampoline, interact with the farm animals, pretend on the slides, or hop on the barrel train for a ride around the farm.
Craig Swanson, owner of the farm, honors the area history with replicas of The Lively, Stephen F. Austin’s ‘pirate ship’ that was rumored to have been lost at sea in the early 1820s while en route to deliver provisions to the Bastrop Colony and the Wilbarger Fort, a tribute to Josiah Wilbarger, a well-known frontiersman who originally settled on part of the land where the farm lies. Children love to go back in time playing on these structures while the adults interact with the five historic signs around the courtyard that include stories about the structures and of the farm. Each sign has a QR code and webpage where visitors can find more of the story and history.
After taking in these attractions and even playing some good old-fashion yard games, people line up at the concessions to satisfy their appetites with foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, and pulled pork. For those with a sweet tooth, Sno-cones and kettle corn hit the spot. And of course, a variety of drinks are available including Lavelle’s Lemonade and adult beverages like frozen sangria and beer.
For those who plan ahead and want to avoid the concession lines, Barton Hill Farms welcomes visitors to bring in picnic-style food but no outside coolers. There are picnic tables and plenty of grassy areas to spread blankets for a memorable lunch and maybe even a nap while the breeze blows across the Colorado River.
Early-bird tickets have gone on sale and can be purchased on the Barton Hill Farms website for $10.95 plus tax or at the gate for $15.95 plus tax. Children two and under receive a free ticket. Farm hours for the Fall Festival are 10-7 on Saturdays and 10-6 on Sundays. Barton Hill Farms is located on FM 969 seven miles from Bastrop or 20 miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. For tickets and more information go to https://www.bartonhillfarms.com/pricing.