Harvest festival at Underwood Family Farms

Underwood Family Farms will start its 21st annual Fall Harvest Festival Sat. and Sun., Sept. 29 and 30 with the first of five themed weekends.

The Friends of the Farm Weekend will celebrate first responders. Proceeds from the weekend’s gate will help benefit the Ventura County Sheriff’s Explorers Program, Search and Rescue Groups, K-9 Unit, Air Unit, Volunteers in Policing, Disaster Action Response Team, Sheriff’s Foundation supporting women in law enforcement and the Ventura County Fire Department’s charity groups.

The weekend will have demonstrations with fire trucks, ambulances, members of the VCSO Bomb Squad with the bomb robot, SWAT members with SWAT Bearcat, Search and Rescue Snow Cat, patrol K-9s, DART displays, Office of Emergency Services, police cars, police motorcycles, Search and Rescue displays and a Dozer.

Free displays will be set up outside and inside the gate. Activities will include AMR CPR chest compression training, child fingerprinting and the sheriff’s department pig race at 1 p.m.

During the Pumpkin Drop, a pumpkin filled with candy will be dropped from 150 feet in the air.

Over $30,000 was donated from last year’s Friends of the Farm Weekend.

Country music will fill the air during Farm Country Weekend Sat. and Sun., Oct. 6 and 7.

Local Ventura County bands will perform from 10:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. each day on the main stage. Country station KHAY will be on hand.

Every weekend following, beginning at 10:30 a.m., bands such as CRV, Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band, Acadiana, Moonridge Band, Ventucky String Band and The Catterwailers will perform.

Antique Tractor Weekend will take place Sat. and Sun., Oct. 13 and 14.

The farm will host the Topa Topa Flywheelers, antique tractors, farm equipment and motors, demonstrations and three daily tractor parades.

John Deere’s newest tractors will be on display. New this year is a cotton picking slide to accompany the combine slide.

Wild West Weekend returns from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Oct. 20 and 21.

The weekend will be filled with cowboy entertainment such as stunt ropers, a gold miner, covered wagon, music, magic, Tumbleweed Rob, the Billhillies and Jumbo Shrimp Circus.

All About Pumpkins is the theme for Sat. and Sun., Oct. 27 and 28.

This is the final weekend for guests to pick pumpkins and decorations for Halloween parties, and specially designed pumpkins throughout the farm will help inspire decorating styles.

The Country Store will have decorating equipment, holiday books, jarred products and gifts.

Admission to the Fall Harvest Festival will be:

15 on Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 6 and 7.

Active military, fire, police personnel and first responders with valid ID will receive free admission Sept. 29 and 30.

Admission is $20 on Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.

Weekdays is $6 and includes the corn maze.

Admission is free for children under 2.

Weekend admission includes the corn maze, tractor drawn wagon ride, animal show, pig races, live music, entertainment, the Animal Center, pumpkin houses and corn stalk labyrinth.

The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March through Thanksgiving and weekends the day after Thanksgiving through mid-December.

Parking is free.

For more information and advance discount tickets, go to underwoodfamilyfarms.com.

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