Every year there is a festival that takes place in Central Florida, called Farm Fest. Farm Fest has all the qualities of a solid festival – large tract of land, live music, good people watching, a camper or two, over indulgence, unpredictable weather and of course very interesting, eccentric hosts/event managers…etc. Throw in farm animals, tractors and lots of crazy dogs and it makes some wonder why this festival does not make front-page news? Now don’t go Googling Farm Fest, you’re unlikely to find anything about it on the Internet. It’s a very exclusive event, invitation only!
On January 23, 2016 Farm Fest #9 took place, or was it Farm Fest #10 or maybe Farm Fest #8? Not sure anyone really knows, all I know is we have attended every Farm Fest (FF) to date. So of course we were not going to miss FF 2016. We stored Peg (our little camper) in Phoenix and flew home (Tampa/St. Pete) for a quick 5-day visit. Unfortunately we had to board the dogs, Greta our GSP has never missed FF – believe me she was freaking upset when she learned she would not be attending this year and see all her four legged friends. It was hard leaving them behind but we had little choice.
FF takes place on our friend’s property each year. This year the venue changed from Brooksville to Plant City Florida, known for its Strawberries (click the link for details)! Our friends Tony and Sandra and their dogs Gracie, Sally Jo, Stewart and their potbelly pig Olivia and their mini-donkeys Dolly & Sophie purchased a 36-acre ranch, which they aptly named Gracieland. They named it after their German shorthaired pointer, Gracie, – they needed 36 acres to keep up with her (we get it – meet our Greta once and you will get it too!). Below are a few pictures of the hosts, their fury family and Gracieland - enjoy!
Tony & Sandra
The Artisan Farmers who know how to get down on the Farm!
Both Tony and Sandra are artists in their own right and the renovations of the farm house and barn are unique and true to their personalities.
We love them and love their new home - Gracieland!
We have become really good friends with Sandra & Tony over the years and through that friendship have gained some amazing friends who come together every year for this annual event. Check out some pics we took at Farm Fest of this fun group!
Ok, now that we know a little about Farm Fest! Check out the movie we made of Farm Fest 2016, attended in record numbers this year.
See y'all next year!
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