Despite predictions of a hurricane, the sun came out this past Sunday morning just in time for the 15th annual Ambler Farm Day celebration. According to co-chairs Maria Wilcox and Priscilla Thors, this popular event was once again a huge success, and they acknowledged the efforts of all the volunteers, including many Wilton High School and Middlebrook students and Kevin Meehan, Ambler Farm’s program director, who spent countless hours setting up the activities beforehand.
“Ambler Farm Day is indicative of the spirit of our community,” said Thors. “It was wonderful to see so many people walking around and learning about the farm,” added Wilcox.
More than 540 families spent the afternoon watching demonstrations of farm-era trades, testing their skill at the giant apple slingshot, going for hayrides, exploring the hay maze, picking pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, making their own scarecrows and other farm crafts, cheering as the famed trebuchet hurled pumpkins hundreds of feet into the air, enjoying a hearty farm-style meal and listening to live music, and more.
During the course of the afternoon, volunteers sold all the 76 homemade apple, blueberry and pumpkin pies, more than 400 pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, 560 hot dogs, and 400-plus sandwiches. Event attendees made more than 100 clothespin dolls, 75 pinecone bird feeders, and nearly 300 scarecrows. More than 380 pumpkins were decorated.
And while they had fun wandering through it, no one got lost in the hay maze!
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