HEFLIN — A cool breeze and a bright sun greeted hundreds of kids enjoying themselves at Bennett Farms Friday morning. The autumnal themed attraction will be open through the end of the month, offering rides, food, pumpkins, entertainment and a hay bale maze.
“It’s our annual trip for us,” said Kim Ivey who brought 36 3- and 4-year-olds from the First Baptist Church preschool in Piedmont. Ivey and some of her group were eating lunch next to the newly built smokehouse. Seasoned smoke billowed from the stack and swirled in the breeze as Ivey spoke.
“Oh they love it. We’ve been learning about pumpkins and growing pumpkins and now we’re here to see the pumpkin patch and do all the fun things,” Ivey said.
“The thing about here is it’s so well organized. They have you moving from station to station to station and that’s one of the reasons we love it. We’ve been other places not like that, so it’s nice,” Ivey said.
Bennett Farms is open to the public on the weekends but during the week church, civic and school groups are booked.
Owner Jim Bennett was busy on Friday helping accommodate groups as they arrived. Some new additions to the farms include the smokehouse, a large hamster wheel for children called a “rat run” and a 40 foot pipe slide.
“The new activities have been a hit. A lot of people have enjoyed them,” Bennett said.
According to Bennett, the cooler weather has contributed to the success of this year’s event.
Jenifer Peters, director of daycare at the First Baptist Church in Talladega, brought a group of kids for a field trip — the group’s third year in a row to attend. Peter’s kids had just taken turns on a barrel swing.
“They love coming out, being with their families and friends,” Peters said.