Saturday, September 29, 2007

Bear Wallow Farm Visit

Today a friend and I went out to Bear Wallow Farm, which is here in the county. I had never been out to it before but she has many times, since she is related to the folks that own it. They were having a big pumpkin contest out there and I wanted to see it. I have seen those big pumpkins in magazines and on TV, but never in person. So it was a real treat for me to see these big pumpkins and watermelons!

I wanted to go through the corn maze since I had never been in one before. My friend that was with me said, "No Rachel, you might get lost in there." This one is called "Ole Slew Foot," and I found a picture on their site of it!! I did not venture into it very far! She might have been right! I think if you click on it that it will probably enlarge.

This next picture is inside the maze. I did go in and soon decided I was lost and found a main path and managed to get back out. When it cools up a little more I'd like to go again and go through it all the way! I think it's neat how they do these corn mazes!!

I was surprised to see these big watermelons. These biggest ones were in the 160 lb. range! I wish I could have seen the inside. I wonder if they are very tasty when they get that big?

This was the biggest pumpkin of the day weighing in at 1395 lbs. The gentleman to the left holding the sign is Billy Burton and he grew it. He had the second heaviest one as well. His first year of trying!! I say he did well!!




Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

LOVE the Sunday sign.

What a fun place you went to!!!!
The maze is incredible!
Do you think aliens made it??
I do.
Those aliens are very smart, you know.
That big pumpkin is awfully gnarly.
It's hard to believe they can grow so big!
I made some pumpkin bread yesterday with cranberries in it.
Yummy for my tummy!!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

Incredibly fun pictures. I loved the corn maze, but the second photo reminded me of The Shining and Children of the Corn for some reason. (Can you tell I was reading horror books??) I still think it'd be fun to try it very early in the morning with someone who's done it at least a dozen times and knows his way around!

As for the pumpkins, they are amazing. They don't look real! We don't see anything like that this far south!

7:07 PM  
Blogger Diane J. said...

Great Sunday sign! :-)

I wonder about those melons and pumpkins too, whether they're fit to eat after they get that big.

Hope you have a blessed Sunday, and still praying it cools off and y'all get some much needed rain!

Love and hugs,


7:23 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

WOW...what a treat to get to visit Bear Wallow Farm. It looks so interesting and the pictures are great. That maze is HUGE and I'm sure you'd have to be careful. I wonder if cell phones work in that area because you may have to call 911 to come help you get out if you get lost. hehehe.

I've never seen pumpkins that big. I bet that's the GREAT PUMPKIN that Charlie Brown was referring to.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

I wonder what they give those pumpkins and melons to make them grow so huge. Some of them can feed a family for a week, or more.

I'm afraid to go into one of those mazes...I may never come out.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

I like your sign, Rachel.
Mine is about OLD PEOPLE too. A real church sign this time!
And another goodie from Scotland.

I'm glad you didn't go in there. But it looks like they could find you with an airplane.
Did they charge admission to go in? Corn is pretty valuable this year, they had to lose some.

Don't eat any of those pumpkins or melons. They could be bad for you, I think they use steroids and hormones to make them so big.
Just import one from Texas, they are pretty big and are just plain the way God wanted them to be.

I hope you have a real nice day.
Oh yes, Karen came with us for the first week. She had a lot of unused vacation time.

10:15 PM  
Blogger nora said...

I'll come and walk the corn maze with you! I've always wanted to do that.

As a child we heard too many stories about children getting lost in the corn. The rural version of kids getting snatched from Walmart!

Have a lovely day.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Great Sunday Sign Rachel.
Yeah, I'd say Billy did alright - being his first year and all. Maybe next year he can take first, second AND third.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

Great Sunday sign! That corn maze looks fun, but I'm afraid I'd probably get lost in there. It's amazing how they cut that shape out of the cornfields!

10:45 AM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

Awesome Sunday sign!

What a great place to take an adventure! I loved it! Thank you for taking us along. Can you imagine carving up one of those pumpkins to set on your porch? It would take a big candle inside to make it glow.
Huggles and Love,

1:30 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

A truly 'amazing' corn field Rachel. This was a great post. Thanks for doing it.
Thanks for the email. Funny stuff.

7:09 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

WOW! Those Pumpkins are AMAZING! And the Watermelons, too!
I LOVE that Maze, Rachel...and it is quite wonderful BIGGER! Is that a Lion??

GREAT GREAT SUNDAY SIGN, my dear, and so very true!

8:39 PM  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

The maze is really neat!! Well- so was the rest of your post!

What a fun day for you!!

Rachel- please don't go in that maze alone!! We'd hate to lose you!

Junie Rose

1:47 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

That must have been fun, going to the farm. I can't believe it is October already and fall weather is on it's way, Right? Pumpkin pies with a little cool whip on top, Yes! Glad you had some fun with the corn maze and that you didn't get lost.

3:06 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Rachel ~ That Bear Wallow Farm is really COOL! ~ jb///

12:20 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Growing those large pumpkins begins with special seeds They they are daily tended and force fed! A hobby for obsessive personalities.

I do like the large watermellons. I remember making a "watermellon boat" when I was nine with my aunt. It was scooped out than filled with scoops of different mellons berries and fruit. Yummm!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Thank you so much for your nice words on my blog anniversary, Rachel! I'm also very glad I discovered your blog!

Great photos, and the pumpkins are amazing!

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

catching up as I have been a bd blogging buddy. YOu have been busy. I want to go see those extra large veggies. I bet that was reall something.

5:59 PM  

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