New farm market hosts Fall Festival

WINCHESTER — The West Oaks Farm Market is looking to kick the fall season into high gear with their first ever Fall Festival.

WINCHESTER — The West Oaks Farm Market will kick the fall season into high gear with its first-ever Fall Festival on Saturday.

The festival, which will also serve as the market’s grand opening, will feature food, music, activities for kids, a corn maze and a pumpkin patch.

Mary Snapp, who co-owns West Oaks Farm Market along with her husband Joseph, said this is the third year the corn maze has been open, but it’s the first year that the maze will be open in conjunction with the new market. She said the maze has been open Thursdays through Sundays since mid-September.

“We hope to increase the hours and the days the maze is open as we move closer to Halloween,” she said.

Ben Snapp, one of the farm managers and one of Mary’s sons, said the maze was created by Precision Mazes, which travels around the county making custom corn mazes using technology to map out and cut the mazes.

“We sent them the dimensions of our cornfield, and they sent us several different pictures they could use with those dimensions,” Ben Snapp said.

The main 5-acre maze takes up to two hours to go through, and there is a smaller maze for children that takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. 

Across from the maze is the market’s 2-acre pumpkin patch.

“Whatever pumpkins people pick out are brought back to be weighed,” Mary Snapp said. “They get charged by the pound for the bigger ones, and the smaller ones are an individual price.”

She also said that other fall items like gourds, straw bales, corn stalks and mums will be for sale on top of the other food items available in the market, which is located up the hill from the corn maze.

The festival will also feature musical entertainment from local bands Springfield Exit and Allen Boyd and the Waysiders. Food vendors like Bear Garden Mountain BBQ will be on site, and the farm market will also be serving country ham sandwiches and hamburgers from its kitchen. Beer and wine will also be for sale, and wine tastings will take place throughout the day.

Other activities include hayrides and a small petting zoo with alpacas and goats,  a bouncy house,  an apple cannon and paintball target shooting.

“We hope to see a good turnout for this,” Mary Snapp said.

If You Go

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Where: West Oaks Farm Market, 4305 Middle Road, Winchester

Cost: Free. Some events there will be a fee.