Fun on the farm
BUFFALO, W.Va. — The owners of Gritt’s Farm in Buffalo are ready to open their 300-acre property on Saturday for families to come enjoy a corn maze, a pumpkin patch and other fun activities.
The farm, located at 864 Gritt Road in Buffalo, West Virginia, will open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for its annual “Fun Farm” event. It will then be open Thursday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. as well as Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Every off-season, the farm opens itself for families to come play games, take part in activities and eat fresh food.
“This is a family-friendly event and there is something for all ages,” said Maggie Parsons, Fun Farm event coordinator. “Adults have just as much fun as their kids do.”
There are plenty of attractions for everyone to enjoy, Parsons said.
There is a corn maze, a slide tower, wagon rides, zip lines on weekends, a hay climb, apple cannons and goats to pet, among other activities.
The event will also feature farm-fresh foods, including homemade pumpkin rolls, cake donuts and caramel apples. They will be serving up some hand-squeezed lemonade, she said.
Parsons said the farm sees thousands of people during the six-week long event.
Some people travel hours to come visit the Fun Farm and others have made it an annual tradition, she said.
For weekdays, general admission tickets cost $10.75, seniors cost $6.50 and admission is free for children under 2. On weekends, general admission tickets are $12.75, while tickets for seniors and children under 2 remain the same.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online by visiting GrittsFarm.ticketleap.com. A season pass costs $32 and there are rates for schools that want to plan field trips.
The Fun Farm events took off in 2012 after the Gritt family began looking for creative ways to advertise the farm’s greenhouse and pumpkin patch. It was the first year they debuted a 10-acre corn maze and unveiled a big slide tower.
The Gritt family look forward to the event every year, a time to have fun after a year of working the farmland, Parsons said. The Fun Farm event will run until Friday, Nov. 2.
Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.