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The Festival has been CANCELLED due to Coronavirus. However, there will be photo ops and a pumpkin patch at the farm during normal picking hours. Learn more here.
2019 Review of The Harvest Festival at Underwood Farm in Moorpark
Yay! Conejo Valley’s favorite Fall Harvest Festival is back and looking as amazing as ever! Yesterday I had the pleasure of being a guest of the festival and seeing first hand how amazing the farm looked and I even got to sample a few of the terrific activities available to guests of the farm. So pull up a cup of joe in honor of Coffee Day and read up!
Each weekend up through October 27th, the farm is hosting a different themed celebration ranging from
Friends of the Farm (celebrating our men and women in law enforcement, health and safety) – Today!
Farm Country Weekend – October 5,6
Antique Tractor Weekend – October 12,13
Wild West Weekend – October 19,20
All About Pumpkins Weekend – October 26,27
There are always two bands playing on the main stage by the entrance and food court. Often there will be one country or bluegrass band in the mix and a delightful array of children and their parents dancing in front of the stage.
Each weekend has a couple of special themed activities such as public safety and a Sheriff’s Bomb Squad and Robot Demo (today), Banjo Cowboy (October 5/6), Antique Tractor Parades (October 12,13), Roping Range (October 19,20) and Old Time Miner and Jugglers (October 26,27).
What is FREE with Admission
Tractor-drawn wagon ride
Cotton Harvester Slide
FOOD, FOOD and more FOOD
What to Spend Money (tickets) on:
SO many choices! You can play any number of games such as pumpkin bowling, duck fishing, get face painting (wristbands do not qualify), temporary tattoos, paint a pumpkin, or even make your own scarecrow!
Food vendors all accept cash (some accept credit card and debit card with a small fee). I don’t believe any vendors accepted tickets. There are a couple of ATMs on the premises if you need to get cash but best to stop by the bank on your way to the farm first.
Highlights of “Friends of the Farm”:
You honestly never know what amazing things await you. And that’s a bit frustrating because all of a sudden you see a Sheriff’s chopper starting to land around 11;30am on the field yonder and you’re on the other end of the huge farm so you have to book it fast to get there to experience the landing (and let me tell you, I felt like a kid again! no amount of flying hay was going to stop me from enjoying the moment.)
Check out my Instagram Story video of the landing!
All that to say, keep your ears and eyes on alert for anything and everything. You never know what you’ll see! This weekend saw mounted officers on horseback roaming the farm, a fire engine on display, an armored SWAT car, K-9 unit, and so much more! Everyone in uniform was so friendly and kind and willing to help kids out, answer questions, some even had free goodies such as plastic firemen’s hats (that were gone fast!), and pose for photos. A big thank you to our men and women in the Ventura County who risk their lives day and night to keep our city safe as can be.
Hint: If you don’t feel like walking all the way over to the chopper, you can get a great viewing from one of the wagon rides that the farm provides (the Tractor-Drawn Wagon Ride is free of charge, others will cost approximately 5 tickets.)
A big thank you to the lovely young employees at the farm. All had big smiles, were willing to run to find out an answer if they didn’t already know it and were all around kind and friendly lads and ladies.
Accessibility FYI: the parking lot does not offer accessible parking next to the main entrance. Best bet is to park near the produce stand entrance (when you first pull into the parking lot) where the ground terrain is much more stable.
Dates: NOW – October 31 (with special weekend offerings through 27 October)
Location: Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, California 93021
$16.00 – Sept. 28, Sept. 29, October 5, 6
$22.00 – Oct 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
$8.00 – Monday – Friday
Children UNDER 2 and parking FREE
Seniors (65+), Military, Veterans, & Emergency First Responders receive a $2 admission discount every day (with valid ID).
On-Line Tickets on sale September 1, 2019:
$13.00 – on-sale August 28 – Sept. 27 for Sept. 28, Sept. 29, Oct. 5, 6 ONLY
$16.00 – on-sale Sept. 28 for Sept. 28, Sept. 29, Oct. 5, 6 ONLY
$22.00 – on sale August 28 for October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28
Again a big thank you to Suzannah and the Underwood Family Farms for inviting me to visit. I had a BLAST! All photos and opinions are my own.