Farming facts, hay maze, wagon tours and food all at Franklin County Fall Farm Fun Fest

September 15, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Three-year-old Nolan Diehl of Shippensburg, Pa., tries to make friends with some hesitant Holsteins at Cedar Pine Farms during Franklin County Fall Farm Fun Fest on Saturday.
By Roxann Miller

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — When Kathy Bishop’s relatives came to Chambersburg from Pittsburgh, she wanted to give them a taste of country living.

She knew the Franklin County Fall Farm Fun Fest at Cedar Pine Farms would be the perfect way to introduce her family to farm life.

Ernest Rotz and his son, Milton, opened up their third-generation dairy farm at 592 Pine Stump Road in Chambersburg to more than 1,000 visitors on Saturday.

Bishop’s sister-in-law, Nancy, said when she first arrived in Franklin County, she had to roll up the windows in her car.

“I said, ‘What is that smell?’” Nancy Bishop recalled as she walked around Cedar Pine Farm on Saturday.

But the country smell was starting to agree with her.

“I love the quietness (of the country). We love the country setting,” Nancy Bishop said.

As the manager of the farm, Milton Rotz said inviting the public to the free event is a great way for “people to see what we do here on the farm.”

Milton’s grandfather, Harry Rotz, established the farm in 1942. Today, Milton, his father and six employees farm 500 acres of the dairy farm.

“It’s nice for people to see what goes into getting that gallon of milk that they get at the store,” Rotz said. “Seeing this helps them realize that it doesn’t show up at the store and magically appears there.”

In addition to farming facts, there was a hay maze, wagon tours of the farm, food, free milk, ice cream, baby calves to pet and information displays.

Patrick and Julie Diehl of Shippensburg, Pa., brought their sons, Mason, 4, and Nolan, 3, to the farm.

As Nolan inched closer to the cows, his mother attempted to snap a photo of him.

“I like cows,” Nolan said.

This was Nolan’s first trip to the farm.

“He likes animals and he likes tractors, so this was a good combo,” Julie Diehl said.

For Austin Owens, 5, seeing farm animals is nothing new. He lives on a farm.

Still, he was thrilled by the farm fest.

“My dad works on a farm,” Austin said while clutching a balloon.

Austin’s father, Mark, milks 623 dairy cows on a nearby farm in Chambersburg.

“It’s nice to see other people outside the industry come to this,” Mark Owens said. “I think it gives people a lot of peace to see the care we put behind our animals. It helps them understand what goes into what we do.”

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