For families which, after having to forgo so many things this spring and summer, were looking forward to fall, we have some bad news. Well, more like “bad news, good news” — Cox Farms just announced that it will NOT be doing its legendary Fall Festival (nor its nighttime Halloween event, Fields of Fear).
While some businesses, including attractions and entertainment venues, have started to open up again (usually with some restrictions), Cox Farms announced today that because of the ongoing pandemic it will not host its usual festival, a hugely popular, decades-long autumn fixture. “For the health and safety of our employees, customers, and community, our Fall Festival and Fields of Fear will not open next month,” the company announced on Facebook.
This will surely be a disappointment to many festival fans, especially those who go year after year and who, just as their parents took them, now take their own kids. But there’s a bit of good news: the farm is finding ways to “safely celebrate the season” and has come up with two options: a self-driven hayride and a drive-through Fall Market.
For the “self-driven hayride,” guests will drive their cars through the traditional hayride route; the farm will sell its famous cider donuts and kettle corn to enjoy during the ride. This option will be available Fridays through Mondays only, from September 25 to November2, 2020. The farm has not yet announced prices but will post them soon on its website.
The drive-through Fall Market will be open daily September 25-November 2, 10 am to 6 pm. Patrons can buy farm products such as apples, pumpkins, other gourds, apple cider, apple cider donuts, and kettle corn, and other items from their cars.
While the Cox Farms Fall Festival is the largest in our area, there are similar events throughout Northern Virginia. Most have not yet announced their plans for reopening, if at all. We will continue to track them and announce anything we learn.
Photo by and (c) P. Hall