Washington Farms Strawberry Festival–Watkinsville, Georgia

April 30, 2012
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On April 28, 2012, I stumbled past a sign to a strawberry festival as I was heading towards Atlanta from Athens, Georgia. Having been to lots of festivals, but never a strawberry festival, I had to stop by.

At Washington Farms in Watkinsville, Georgia, the second annual strawberry festival was a small craft fair celebrating the harvest time for the farms strawberries fields. Overall we really didn’t see any crafts of any notoriety, but we had a great time seeing how the farm had made kiddie rides out of recycled farm supplies, enjoyed some good blue grass music, and some wonderful festival food.

In truth, this place would have been a perfect outing for a young family more so than just a young couple. fWhile the crafts section of the farms was pretty small, and probably not worth the $8 admission on their own, the big attractions to the fair were rides and attractions for the kids. I was particularly impressed that the rides had no charges other than the initial entry fee.

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For the Kids

The farms had all sorts of make shift play areas, including a corn kernel “ball pit,” a cattle train made from painted feed barrels towed by a hauling ATV, several playgrounds with rotating PVC pipe slides, a small petting zoo, numerous inflatables and pedal powered go-carts.

They also have a jumping pillow, which for the uninitiated is something I recommend for child and adult alike, and a corn cob air cannon shooting at GT Jacket and Florida Gator targets.

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For the Adults

One of the best parts of any craft fair is the awesome food, and in this case, the big highlight for us was the homemade strawberry ice cream.

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The Festival also has some excellent blue grass music scheduled throughout the day.

The big highly for adults though, is actually outside of the “gated section” of the festival (so no admission required). Most of the adults we saw were paying a stand just outside the festival to hand pick and fill a bucket of strawberries. The bucket price was around $10. For those who have never had a straight off the vine strawberry, they taste completely different (read better) than the previously frozen ones you get at the store.

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The Festival seems to be a one-day annual event, though the Farms themselves seem to open for various other events throughout the year, including pumpkin picking in the Fall and a Corn Maze.

For more information check at the Washington Farms web page.

Directions to the farm:

From Athens, GA:

1. Take 441 South for about 2 miles.

2. Take a right on Hog Mountain Road. (A RaceTrack gas station is on the right and the Stone Store is on the left.)

3. Go straight for 9 miles and the farm is on the left.

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