There’s more to the Blueberry Madness Festival at Johnson’s Farm Produce in Hobart, which kicked off its two-weekend run on Saturday, than just blueberries. It’s a perfect way to give the whole family farm fresh fun and a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather.
Festival Manager Lyndsay Johnson said the fifth generation farm decided to add the Blueberry Madness Festival to their lineup last year.
“We noticed families were coming out to pick and kids wanted more things to do,” Johnson said.
Kids of all ages were engaged in the carnival atmosphere, climbing hay bales, navigating an obstacle course, performing acrobatics on the jump pad, riding trains and shooting targets with potato cannons. Jill Lipman’s family traveled from Chicago to meet up with friends to go blueberry picking and enjoy the festivities with her kids.
“We wanted to come for the Strawberry Festival,” Lipman said, who was happy to learn that strawberries were still available, “but we’re excited to meet some goats, ride some trains and pick some fruit.”
Stephanie Zeno of LaPorte was excited for the u-pick, too, but her daughter was having a ton of fun participating in the other activities.
“We went down the slide a few times,” Zeno said, “now we have to go on the train. Then we can pick blueberries.”
Julie Popovic brought her family from Lombard after seeing the event publicized on Facebook.
“We haven’t been here before,” Popovic said, “and I was attracted to all the kids activities.”
Activities were plentiful at the Blueberry Madness Festival. Contests range from blueberry pie eating to hula-hoop and limbo, and even a train! There was even an appearance by Blueberry Muffin to get the kids excited for the blueberry-themed activities. Popovic’s son, Neven, said his favorite part was the produce cannons but was looking forward to something more sentimental.
Neven said, “The best part of all is picking strawberries because my grandpa grows them but his aren’t ready yet.”
Although the u-pick is not particular to the festival itself, it’s a major draw for the whole family. Tractor-trailers full of visitors depart and return from the fields at ten-minute intervals.
“There are a lot of other u-pick farms in Indiana,” Johnson said, “but Johnson’s grows an interesting variety of produce like purple cauliflower and we’re hosting our Watermelon Festival over Labor Day Weekend where we’ll have interesting types of watermelon for people to try.”
The Blueberry Madness Festival runs this weekend and next. If you’re looking for family-friendly fun outdoors, head on down to Johnson’s for fresh-picked produce, games, and activities, and a pen full of goats who are just as excited for those blueberries.
For more information about Johnson’s Farm Produce, please visit www.johnsonsfarmproduce.com/home.
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