Category Archives: Fair Oaks Farms Events

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Valentine’s Day at the Farmhouse Restaurant

We understand if the last thing you want to do on February 14th is cooking a meal. In fact, we encourage you to focus on your loved ones and spend time with them instead of slaving over the stove. You can still have a delicious meal with quality, fresh ingredients without cooking it yourself. The Farmhouse Restaurant has a feature menu on the evening of February 14th that’s sure to satisfy you and your sweetheart’s hunger! To make a reservation, please call the Farmhouse or visit their website to make a reservation.

Our Valentine’s Day menu will feature the following items:

  • Grilled Corn and Lobster Bisque
  • Herb Crusted Prime Rib served with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, and Au Jus
  • Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin served with Truffle Potato Cake, Cabernet Reduction, and Grilled Asparagus
  • Pan Seared Scallops & Shrimp with Beef Ragout served with Saffron Risotto
  • Surf ‘n’ Turf including 6-ounce Filet Mignon & Jumbo Shrimp served with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus

For dessert the Farmhouse will serve:

  • Chocolate Fudge Molten Lava Cake a la Mode served with Fair Oaks Farms Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Strawberries
  • Creme Brulee served with fresh berries
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Calling All Scouts and 4H-ers!

Are you looking for a new Adventure? We can help! Now through March, take part in a special promotion for all Scout Troops and 4H Clubs! That means Brownies, Eagle Scouts, Daisies, Boy Scouts — you’re all welcome! Any Scout Troop or 4H Club that wants to visit is encouraged to come!

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Now through March, all Scout Troops that schedule an Adventure will receive a special price — $8 for one Adventure, $12 for the Whole Adventure! Prices are per guest and must be part of a group of at least ten people. Not only will you receive a discounted Adventure, but you’ll also get a fun passport to commemorate your trip, an ice cream cone, and a badge! You’ll be a real Fair Oaks Farms Adventurer!

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4H Clubs are also welcome to take part in this promotion. They can take advantage of the discount pricing, passport, and ice cream cone. It’s an excellent opportunity for your 4H-ers to learn how a major farm operates and how we’re using technology to improve farms across the world! It can strike inspiration for projects and new farmers of any age.

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To schedule your trip, just call Lisa at 877.536.1194, extension 322. Remember, there is a minimum of 10 guests per group to receive the discount!

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Look Out, 2018!

Can you believe 2017 is nearly over?! In just a few short days it will be 2018! Another year on the farm behind us, but we’re always looking towards the future! 2017 brought us a lot of fun events, below we’ve detailed our top four, so you have plenty to look forward to in 2018!

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Fair in the Air

Fair in the Air is our annual kite celebration. If you’ve ever visited us for Fair in the Air, you’ve enjoyed competition kite teams flying choreographed or improvised routines to popular songs. It’s like synchronized swimming – but with kites! Out in our events field we host show kites, which are giant kites sometimes as big as or larger than a school bus! These kites take fun and creative shapes such as an alien on a UFO, a large fish or cow, and even a giant gecko! We also have fun kite craft stations where you and your children can build a fun memento to remember the day! Last year we made homemade kites – who knows what’s in store for this year! And of course, like all of our events at Fair Oaks, vendors will line the grass to sell you everything you could need to start your spring!

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Dog-a-Palooza

Our furriest paw-ty of the year is held in June, out by our newly built dog park! You can bring your pups for a day full of fun with contests such as Best Bark, Owner & Pup Look-a-Like, Best Costume, and Best Trick! A team of professional trick and dive dogs spend the afternoon entertaining with several shows, while your pup can run around Central Bark or take a break in one of the many cooling pools. Of course, there are crafts for all shapes and sizes – paints for your pups to leave their marks with and your kids to decorate a canvas or prize dog house. It’s all leading up to the 2K glow walk in the evening, with all the proceeds going to benefit the Shelter of the Year! You can visit the chosen shelter in our row of vendors, where they’ll be setting up shop with adoption applications and pets you could take home with you that day! Make sure you follow our social media pages to apply for Shelter of the Year.

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Cowtoberfest

We take a few months off after Dog-a-Palooza, but we’re not sleeping! We’re planning the biggest and best fall festival northwest Indiana has to offer. Visitors drive from all over the Midwest to experience Cowtoberfest, the perfect fall festival for a family. Every year we bring in competitive, celebrity pumpkin carvers to treat us to a unique show of how they carve giant pumpkins into masterpieces! Across the field are weekend-long concerts from a variety of artists that play different genres such as pop, electronic, country, and acoustic covers! We take a break from the music only on Saturday, where we hold our annual dance contest for local high schools! Dance teams can compete for first, second, and third place prizes that come along with a cash award! You’ll also find fall crafts, a straw maze, corn bin, and the largest selection of vendors that we offer all year round. Keep an eye out on our social media pages to see when we’re accepting dance team applications and vendors!

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Holiday Farm Frenzy

After all the excitement of Cowtoberfest, we deserve a break…but we don’t take one! We want to bring you one last perfect event of the year, and we do that with Holiday Farm Frenzy. Taking place in December, when there’s a chill in the air that puts us in the holiday spirit! We fill the FeedBarn with children’s activities such as crafts, holiday light displays, and a visit with Santa! If you attended in 2017, you were even able to take part in indoor ice skating! Santa attends a breakfast in his honor, served by The Farmhouse Restaurant, and boy reservations went fast! You can hitch a ride on our holiday wagon ride that takes you from the FeedBarn, all the way back to the Crop Adventure where we house a special acapella choir and our vendors for all your holiday shopping needs. Our Adventures are discounted for Holiday Farm Frenzy, making it the perfect event to see all we have to offer!

 

We can’t wait to start planning out 2018 events. Which one is your favorite? Which one are you looking forward to the most? Do you have any ideas that would make our events even more special? Leave a comment below!

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Make Memories at Holiday Farm Frenzy

Holiday cheer is infectious and can create lasting memories for generations. People can recall looking at Christmas light displays, doing family activities, and spend time together, for their entire lifetime. We appreciate that the holidays are so important to our visitors and community members, and that’s why we created Holiday Farm Frenzy four years ago.

This year’s Holiday Farm Frenzy is built on those same values: family, holiday cheer, and memory-making. On December 16th, we’ll transform our campus into a winter wonderland fit for anyone’s fantasies. Admission is free to the event, but most activities will take place in the Adventures. Luckily, the Whole Adventure is discounted for this special day for only $15 per person! This price includes the Dairy, Pig, and Crop Adventure, admission to the vendors, and a wristband to go indoor ice skating! The first 100 children to buy admission will also receive a Holiday Farm Frenzy Santa hat.

Indoor ice skating will be in the FeedBarn, along with Christmas crafts and light displays. There’s no need to bring your own skates, as they will be provided. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance from noon to 3 pm so make sure you have your Christmas lists ready! There will also be a Christmas wagon ride to take you to the FeedBarn and Crop Adventure so you don’t have to walk in the cold! We’ll be packing our Crop Building with vendors, selling a variety of handmade gifts, personalized items, florals, clothing, and cosmetics. The Uptones will join the party in the Crop Adventure IMAX theater for a special performance at 10 am.

If you were lucky enough to get a reservation for Breakfast with Santa, you’ll have bacon and eggs with the guest of honor from 9 am to 11 am. The first 100 kids that registered also receive a commemorative mason jar. If you do not already have a reservation for Breakfast with Santa, please be advised that they are SOLD OUT.

Fair Oaks Farms operates 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, December 16th, but Holiday Farm Frenzy does not begin until 10 am! The Cowfé will be operating with regular hours and service a special hot chocolate treat to guests! The Farmhouse Restaurant will also be open during regular hours, so stop by to get some warm soup or comfort food!

We hope you can all make it for Holiday Farm Frenzy, a truly unique opportunity to spend some time with your family and friends. For more information, please refer to our Facebook page.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Family Time at Holiday Farm Frenzy!

October was a busy month for us at Fair Oaks Farms, between Cowtoberfest, the Masquerade 5K hosted by the North Central Rural Indiana Crisis Center, and our official hotel groundbreaking, there was barely any time to breathe! But never worry, we’d never leave our visitors and community out to dry around the holidays! This November we’re hard at work, planning, building, and tinkering away on our fourth annual Holiday Farm Frenzy!

There’s no better way to spend time with your family than planning a trip to Fair Oaks Farms on Saturday, December 16th. You can get all of your holiday shopping done early by visiting our vendors in the Crop Adventure, checking out our gift shop for souvenirs, or stopping by the cheese counter for gourmet cheese for the finest foodie! A holiday wagon ride will take you around our campus and light displays will be brightening up the FeedBarn. Also in the FeedBarn will be a station to make holiday crafts and an iceless skating rink (wristband required)!

The guest of honor, Santa Claus, will also make an appearance at The Farmhouse Restaurant for Breakfast with Santa! Tickets can be purchased through The Farmhouse by calling (219) 394-3663. Enjoy a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fruit, French toast, pastries, coffee, iced tea, and Coke products, while visiting with Mr. Claus! Reserve your spot as soon as possible due to limited seating.

The best gift of all? On December 16th, you can get the Whole Adventure (including Dairy, Pig, and Crop Adventure) for only $15 a person! It’s the perfect time to see our Adventures and spread some holiday cheer at the same time. This price does NOT include Breakfast with Santa.

If you need more information before you plan your visit, check out the Holiday Farm Frenzy page here. Make sure to watch our Facebook for special announcements leading up to the event.

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Unmasking Domestic Violence

On October 28th, Fair Oaks Farms is happy to host the second annual 5K Walk/Run Masquerade in partnership with the North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center. On this day, people will join together at our campus to fight against domestic violence and sexual assault. Funds gathered from registration for the walk will go to benefit the Crisis Center and the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault that they help.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It began as a “Day of Unity,” that was first held in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Day of Unity evolved into a week, but by 1987 October was named Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the original events were focused on three specific goals:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

The North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center is continuing these goals, working to help and serve those directly affected by domestic violence. Their facility is always open, providing temporary shelter and services to victims and children of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. They offer education, advocacy, and community intervention services as well. Their slogan is simple; “Turning victims into survivors, helplessness into hope.” Fair Oaks Farms is happy to support them and give them a venue to raise funds for their essential efforts.

The Masquerade 5K will take place 9 am to 1 pm, CST. Participants are encouraged to wear masks and/or costumes, and children under 12 are free. You can find all the information for our event at fofarms.com/masquerade, but if you want to skip straight to registration you can find it here. Registration is $25 per person and includes a t-shirt.

Please join us in assisting important efforts in our community, lead by the North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center.

If you’d like to read more about how Domestic Violence Awareness Month began or facts on domestic violence, go here.

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Fall in Love with Cowtoberfest!

The countdown is on, only a little over a week until Cowtoberfest 2017! This year the festival takes places on October 7th, from 10 am to 5 pm CST, and October 8th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Bring your families, your friends, your neighbors! The more the merrier and admission is free!

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Kid-Friendly Activities

Cowtoberfest is a GREAT place to bring your children and families! Make sure you come dressed up this year, as there will be a costume parade to all of the Adventure buildings on campus and trick-or-treating with the festival vendors. Children can also win prizes during the costume contest! There will also be tons of attractions for kids, such as inflatable moon bounces, a corn maze, wagon rides, carnival games, pumpkin bowling, a FREE craft tent* and balloon artist*! The first 100 kids to arrive will also receive a FREE souvenir bag! Bring the whole family and take advantage of our FREE photo booth as well! The Adventures will be open regular hours all weekend, along with Mooville, wristbands will be at normal price in the Admissions building.

* While supplies last

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Entertainment

The main stage at Cowtoberfest will host incredible talent over the weekend! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and catch the concerts from Chad Lehr, Justin Sumler, Graceful Closure, and the Hunter Smith Band! You don’t want to miss a performance by the Circus Boy either — we guarantee you won’t be able to stop laughing! Near the back of our campus, we will host our celebrity pumpkin carvers, Jon Neill and David Smith, who have both starred on Food Network’s Halloween Wars. They’ll be showing visitors all kinds of tricks and techniques to carve masterpieces! The Indiana Pumpkin Growers’ Association will also be attending and holding their weigh-in competition right on campus!

Performance times are as follows:

Saturday, October 7:
2:00 PM Chad Lehr
3:30 PM Hunter Smith Band

Sunday, October 8:
10:00 AM Justin Sumler
1:00 PM Graceful Closure
2:30 PM MG Bailey One Man Band

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Shopping & Food

Of course, there’s something for everyone at Cowtoberfest! You’ll want to take your time looking through over 30 vendors, selling an array of items from clothing, spices, crafts, and books! Moon’s Kettle Corn will have their homemade popcorn and Sprigati’s will have samples of their pasta sauce! Our own Cowfé will be selling yummy pies, pumpkin rolls, and more baked goods from Vendor Row as well – but our campus location will also be open to serve you all your grilled cheese and ice cream dreams! Stop by our Farmhouse Restaurant as well to get into the fall mood with our farm-to-table comfort foods.

Still have questions? Head over to our website to catch all the details on Cowtoberfest 2017!

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Pawesome Way to Start off Summer — Dog-A-Palooza 2017!

Are you and your dog going absolutely mutts inside? Fair Oaks Farms has the cure! On June 10th, from 4 to 9 PM, we’ll be hosting our fourth annual Dog-A-Palooza festival!

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It’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your pup. You can shop some of the best dog-gone vendors that will offer dog-specific items and services, or watch some of our live dog performances. In the evening, we will hold a 2K Dog Glow Walk, because we know how much man’s best friend loves walks. This year’s proceeds from the Dog Glow Walk will go to the Shelter of the Year, to be announced May 30th.

The most exciting part of this year’s Dog-A-Palooza is the grand opening of our dog park, Central Bark! The park is currently open to the public and your four-legged friends. Here at Fair Oaks, we’re happy to be a dog-friendly campus, and with the addition of our dog park, we hope your furry companions will feel much more welcome! And on June 10th there will be plenty of time for your pooch to grow acquainted with their new favorite dog park.

This all sounds great, doesn’t it? To register for the Dog Glow Walk, check out our rules and guidelines for the event, and get all the in-fur-mation you could ever need, visit the event page at www.fofarms.com/dogapalooza. We can’t wait to see you all there!

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LIVE from the Farmhouse!

Enjoy live music in the Farmhouse Pub every Thursday from 6:30p with local beer and wine specials.

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Here is our current fall and winter line-up! And you can stay up to date on our Events Calendar.

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November 2016

3rd – Ashby & Horgash

10th – Gerry Hundt

17th – Chad Clifford

24th – Closed (Thanksgiving Day)

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December 2016

8th – Gerry Hundt

15th – Chad Clifford

31st – NYE Crawpuppies

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Get Your Paws on This Event!

Woof! It’s been three years of dog-loving fun here at the farm. With so many more years ahead of us, we are excited that this event keeps getting better and better!

If you’re not familiar with Dog-A-Palooza then let me give you the break down. Dog-A-Palooza was created as a charitable event which raise money for local animal shelters through our 2K Dog Walk. A different shelter is chosen every year so that we can help as many different shelters as possible! This year we are raising money for Natalie’s Second Chance Dog Shelter out of Lafayette, IN.

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We have created a whole new course for the 2K Walk this year that will keep your paws dry and your canine pals happy. When you register you will receive a commemorative Dog-A-Palooza t-shirt. There is also an option for you to purchase a bandana for your pup partners. Make sure to visit the event landing page to check out our event sponsors, see our rules and guidelines and to register for the walk!

Not only is the event charitable, but also it allows dog lovers a place to go and have fun with their furry family members. There’s so much to see any do! We feature several tail-wagging activities such as a trick dog show, a K9 Unit demonstration and an obedience school demo. We feature several pup-related vendors who sell anything from dog treats to dog outfits!

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We also have some other fun things to do such as an agility/obstacle course for both large and small dogs and a kids play zone, not to mention Mooville will be open!

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Dog-A-Palooza is free to attend and is happening on June 11, 2016 from 10am-4pm CST!

 

See you there!!