Can you believe 2017 is nearly over?! In just a few short days it will actually 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!
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 with! 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 possibly need to start your spring!
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.
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!
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!