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Kaylie Matthews, Gracie Matthews and Denise Riley visit with the donkeys at the Bottom View Farm October Fall Festival. BONNIE FUSSELL


The Bottom View Farm Fall Festival continued to be a destination for school field trips and families during the month of October. Owner Ralph Cook has held the fall event for over 10 years. 

This year over 40 schools chose Bottom View Farm for their fall field trip. According to Cook, the total children attending the school field trips totaled approximately 2,500 children. 

There was no shortage of things to do at the farm. Children were drawn to the live farm animals which include donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens. They boarded the train for the ride around the farm where they learned how strawberries and blackberries are grown. 

Children enjoyed playing on the jumping pillow and the pedal tractors provided another fun activity for the children, as they rode around a large outside enclosed area. Everyone loved spending time walking through what may be the world’s largest rolled-hay maze, according to Cook. 

One of the highlights was the hayride to the pumpkin patch where each child picked out a pumpkin to take home. The children looked forward to an ice cream cone after the hay ride. School children had the opportunity to have lunch at tables in the barn or at the picnic areas outside.

Cook said, “The children seemed to enjoy the train ride and the jumping pillow the most.”

When asked how he felt about the success of the fall festival, Cook replied that God had blessed him all his life.

Bottom View Farm is located at 185 Wilkinson Lane in Portland.

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