Once again Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT will be hosting their Kids’ Festival for UNICEF – a weekend full of farm fun and activities. Saturday October 25th and Sunday October 26th the Jones Family welcomes guests to celebrate their 24th annual event that directly benefits the United Nations Children’s Fund.
This fall’s theme at Jones’ Pumpkinseed Hill farm is “Milk, Missiles, and Mickey Mouse” – a trip back to the 1950s. Familiar music from the era fills the air as visitors dance on the Bandstand Stage, ride the old-fashioned, tractor-drawn, hayride, make their way through the corn maze, visit with farm animals and search for the perfect pumpkins and squashes to take home with them. A history board tells the story of farm life at Jones (then a dairy farm) during the 1950s, including the US Army’s use of some Jones property as a Nike Missile Radar site.
UNICEF also has strong links to the 1950s, having started its Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program in 1950 when kids in Philadelphia collected $17 in decorated milk cartons on Halloween to help kids left vulnerable by World War II. Fifty-eight years later, kids are still collecting for UNICEF on Halloween, adding to UNICEF’s slogan: “Make Halloween count”, by raising over $140 million to help change children’s lives.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to help out again this year,” says farm co-owner Jean Crum Jones. “The Kids’ Festival started our first year we had Pumpkinseed Hill, in 1985, and since then we have been able to donate more that $85,000 to UNICEF from the annual event. Every year we have special events and performances geared towards the children that help attract donations and this year we are excited about what we have planned.”
Admission to the farm is free and everyone is invited to come in costume! Kids who visit Jones Family Farms on the 25th and 26th and who make donations to UNICEF will be able to participate in fun farm and 50s inspired games. Performances over the two days include musical numbers by the CenterStage Teen Theater Workshop, peace crane origami folding lessons with the local group from Peace Pals, and a return visit by Bob Bonazzo, a champion pumpkin carver, who will create a pumpkin masterpiece right in front of the crowds’ eyes.
Guests are invited to come share in all the fun on that weekend (special events take place between 10:00AM and 4:00PM) and to enjoy a day among some of the most picturesque views that the area has to offer. What a great way for families to help give to a worthy cause and to make themselves a new memory.
Jones Family Farms is open daily through October 31st, 10:00am – 5:30pm. Directions and more information about the farm can be found by visiting their website and blog at JonesFamilyFarms.com or by calling the Farms’ crop report number (203) 929-8425.