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LURAY — The Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Fairview Fun Farm on Friday, Oct. 2.
Fairview Fun Farm, located at 316 Fairview Road in Luray, Va., will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 8. Activities include a pumpkin patch, hay rides, hay mountain, slides, swings, sea saws, corn cribs, pedal tractors, duck race, sandbox, The Tongue Biter – Mega Slide, pumpkin painting, removable tattoos, barrel train, corn maze, barnyard games, goats and pond fishing (catch and release).
In 2015, Page County natives Darlene Anderson and Gary Breeden of Stanley bought and expanded a 94-acre farm in Luray, according to the farm’s website.
“After spending a lot of time riding around on a tractor mowing the hay fields on this property, Gary came to appreciate the beauty and knew this piece of ground could be more than just a hay farm. His desire is to always keep it as agricultural land,” the website states. “Then in the fall of 2019, Darlene said she had the perfect idea for the front section of the hay farm – ‘we need to do a pumpkin patch.’ After thinking about the idea, Gary and Darlene felt like it would be a good fit for Page County. They wanted to share the fall fun with visitors and encourage families to visit and stay locally. They felt like those who were touring the beautiful county could also enjoy a little bit of the country life, including the beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains offered at the Fairview property.”
“After much hard work from a lot of dedicated people, Fairview Fun Farm was born in 2020,” the site states.
Both Anderson and Breeden are small business owners in Page County. Anderson is the owner of Flotzie’s Soft Serve in Luray, and Breeden is the owner of DR’s Quick Stop in Stanley. Gary is also an avid hay farmer.
Robbie Comer and Lee Gray built the play area at the new outdoor recreation site.
Admission to Fairview Fun Farm is $8 per person, with children ages 2 and under admitted free. Admission includes all activities. Food is available for purchase from the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department, as well as cotton candy, candy apples and snow cones from a local vendor.
“Our goal is to expand each year by adding new adventurous ‘toys’ and experiences for children of all ages to enjoy,” the farm’s website states. “We want them to learn more about the farm life we have here in our beautiful valley. Stay tuned as we grow.”