Bennett Farms  entertains hundreds of kids each year

Pleasant Grove Elementary School children enjoy Bennett Farms in Cleburne County last week.

Under a bright autumn sun, hundreds of area kids took in the sights, rides and food at Bennett Farms on Friday morning. Various churches and schools brought their groups to the seasonal attraction, which is open through the end of the month.

The Van Gogh-esque sunflower fields and thousands of pumpkins provided a colorful backdrop for the hayride and bucket train that snaked through the 40-acre site, part of a working farm owned by Jim Bennett. Smoke billowing from the kitchen’s stack wafted through the crowds with scents of  deep fried apple pies and pork rinds. Screams of children echoed from the pipe slide, which consists of two huge pipes large enough to funnel children two at a time.

Kala Mercer from White Plains was taking photos of her son next to some mums in a large barn-like structure containing gourd bins and large painted picture boards where kids stick their faces through holes in the image for comic effect.

Mercer’s favorite attractions were the hayride, petting zoo and picking out a pumpkin in a large pumpkin patch.

“Oh, it’s wonderful, we come here every year and every year it just gets better; the facility is so well maintained; it’s beautiful, it’s a great place to come and visit,” Mercer said.

Tommy Stamper tagged along with his granddaughter who was part of a school field trip from White Plains Elementary.

“We’ve had a really good time. It’s a lot more than I thought it was going to be and the kids have learned a lot. We’ve enjoyed it a lot,” Stamper said.

Stamper’s favorite part of the trip was watching the kids smile as they had a good time.