Fun for The Whole Family at HOOT
After a long year without fun events to attend, 2021 is preparing to get back in the swing of things. On May 22, the town of Alderson will be full of activities as it celebrates HOOT (History of Our Town), which runs from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. HOOT takes place in the middle of Berry Fest.
The host of Berry Fest, Sunset-Berry Farm, is also a major contributor to HOOT. The farm, run by Jennifer Gilkerson, is holding multiple activities geared towards children. One of the activities they are hosting is a Jump Pad where for $5 a kid can go bounce around and have fun. Next up on their list is the “Save Leo the Lion” zombie paintball experience for $20. The farm also has PYO strawberries available for the duration of Berry Fest, which runs from May 20-June 3. All during Berry Fest, Sunset-Berry Farm also has pony rides, a rocket ball launcher, games and many other fun activities for children.
Candid Captures will also be at Sunset-Berry Farm on May 22 during HOOT. They are offering strawberry patch portraits for $25 each and milk bath photo sessions for $175 for young children. Photo sessions are available by appointment only and Candid Captures notes that the child must be able to sit unassisted. To make an appointment, send a message to the Candid Captures Facebook page.
The fun doesn’t end there. In addition, there will be Hay Ride History Lessons provided by JM Farm. This entails taking a relaxing hayride through Alderson. Riders will get to learn interesting facts about Alderson’s history during the ride. This activity is included in the price of HOOT tickets.
For older children (and adults) there will be remote control boat racing available at the River Ridge Campground. Race boats or spend some time by the water watching the races.
A free, self-guided walking tour for the whole family is available during HOOT. The tour begins at the Visitors Center and takes you through areas of the town where you will learn a little about the town’s history, especially the history of Leo the Lion and why there are so many lion statues around town.
While the kids are having fun, the pedestrian bridge will be filled with crafters and farmer’s market vendors. Take some leisure time to shop and browse all of the vendor’s wares.
Of the event, Gilkerson said, “Be prepared to have fun!”
For more information, visit the Sunset-Berry Farm Facebook page or the Berry Fest Facebook event page. Gilkerson is available to answer questions. Tickets are also available on the event page.