Every year, at the end of May, Schnepf Farms has a Peach Festival to celebrate the ripening (and eating) of its peaches. I decided it sounded pretty fun, and my parents joined the kids and me for a Saturday morning visit. We thought we'd chow down on the peach pancake breakfast first, but were given tickets and were told to come back at 9:30. So we had some time to kill.
The kids enjoyed a pony ride.
Then we sampled all the peachy wares in the sampling tent. Candies, jams, salsas, syrups, and more.
It was now 9:30, so we headed over to the breakfast line. Which was extremely long and incredibly slow.
We'll ditch this breakfast line, Grandma will go stand in line to buy a flat of peaches (there was a long wait for the hay ride to the peach orchards to pick your own), and the rest of us will go check out the roller coaster. Then we'll go to Denny's for breakfast.
No one was checking for wrist bands, though I was prepared to pay for the ride. Despite the throngs around the food tents, the amusement ride area was practically deserted. Since there wasn't a line for the roller coaster, the conductor let them go around three times.
We were all starving by the time we got to Denny's. No freshly-picked peach pancakes there. But guess what? The (overpriced) plates we had spotted at Schnepf Farms didn't look that enticing anyway. And my Red-White-and-Blue pancake breakfast was quite good. Plus, Lincoln was happy to be out of the heat.
So although I love Schnepf Farms, and have really enjoyed my other experiences there, I will not be going to the Peach Festival again. Too many tourists. We can enjoy it any time, when it's less crowded, thank you.