Amy and Mike Martin, at Martin Farms in Asbury, offered a night of fun and frolic focused on kids and their families. For the fourth year in a row, not only did they continue to accomplish this purpose, their kid friendly Haunted Hayride gathered food for the Northern Stokes Food Pantry and they named Our Communities of Northwest Stokes (OC) and its Francisco School Project the beneficiary of ride and food proceeds.
The moonrise that kicked off the event was absolutely beautiful. As clouds rolled over the moon, the sky became more ominous with creative spooks appearing from unexpected directions around every turn. Typical comments around the marshmallow roasting bonfire: “The kids had lots of fun” and “This was really cool.” Food, added this year, was gobbled up as the last ghost departed. Your feedback is welcomed at www.ocnwstokes.org.
Hayrides jumped from 250 to 400 this year, with three hay wagons on the move instead of two. About 30 students volunteered as “spooks”, in costume and makeup, for this “theatre in the woods” event and 20 adult volunteers assisted with set up and food service.
Thanks to Pastor Tracey Collins and Francisco Presbyterian Church’s Kim Holland, who led her food service team with donations from the church, OC volunteers, and Lee Charleville, owner of River Rock Café in Danbury. Thirty-seven businesses and individuals, underwrote both the FarmFest and Hayride through their OC combined sponsorships, helped make this event possible.