Bluemont, VA, August 13, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer at Great Country Farms
7th Annual Dog Days Peach and Sunflower Festival on August 15 and 16.
It may be the hottest part of the summer, but the Dog Days at Great Country Farms are all about fun with your family and canine companions. To celebrate the peak of summer produce production, Great Country Farms will host its 7th annual Dog Days Peach and Sunflower Festival on August 15 and 16, 2009 from 9 am – 6 pm. Dogs are always welcome at Great Country Farms, but this weekend is dedicated to the entertainment of man's best friend as well as the whole family.
The weekend will be packed with activities for family fun on the farm including hayrides, the farm animal barnyard, U-pick peaches, freshly made peach ice cream from Middleburg Creamery, peach wine-tasting by Bluemont Vineyards, a pie-eating contest and live music. Entertainment for the four-legged companions will include a brand new canine agility course, retriever fun in the farm pond, the Paw Print craft station and the return of the Doggie Olympics. Misunderstood Rescue will also be in attendance.
The canine agility course is brand new this year and will be set up by Leesburg’s Canine Country Club. The Leesburg Canine Country Club is an off-leash social club for dog lovers & their best friends. The Club is hosted by a 26-acre private park in Loudoun County, Virginia (Falcon Ridge Recreation Center) with 10 acres of fenced dog-friendly areas: two large dog areas (5 acres & 4 acres); a small dog area (0.5 acre); two agility courses and a lighted winter area. Dogs of all skill levels are welcome to enjoy the agility course set up at Great Country Farms and this is an excellent opportunity for owners to find out more about agility skills.
As a special feature this year, the Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank will be on site to give out information. The unique facility, started in 1993 the same year as Great Country Farms, hosts a doggie blood donor program enabling dogs to help save other dogs lives. “Dogs need to be certified into the program so we hope to help generate awareness of this need and many dog heroes as a result,” said Great Country Farms’ event coordinator, Jennifer Regan.
Live Music from noon to 4pm each day will keep families’ toe-tapping all afternoon. The Boones Farmers, a high-energy blues and classic rock band, will be playing on Saturday and local favorite, Andrew McKnight, will entertain visitors to the farm on Sunday.
Visitors to the farm are welcome to bring their retrievers and their favorite water toy for a romp in the pond throughout the day. “With the high heat this summer, we are pleased to add this water element to our Dog Days this year. This will help keep the dogs cool as well as entertained, “ said Regan.
Canines and their owners and families may romp in 4 mazes, take a hayride to the peach orchard and then cool off with a peach slushie from the Country Store. Take your four-legged friend on a Cow Train ride for $2/owners, with dogs free. The market will be stocked with plenty of sweet peaches and summer produce. The Roosteranté will be open and feature BBQ, burgers, hot dogs and freshly baked peach and berry pies.
All canines are asked to bring their owners on a leash and sport their current rabies tag. Canine drinking water and scooping bags will be provided at the Country Store.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, August 15 & 16, 2009. Open 9am to 6pm. Last hayride to peach picking is at 5pm.
Admission: $10.00/person. Canines with current rabies tags and children 2 and under Free.
Times: 11 am Doggie Olympics
12-4 pm Live Music
11 am-3 pm Agility Course open
9am-5pm Pond open for retriever fun
Great Country Farms is a family owned and operated farm located in the town of Bluemont in western Loudoun County. For more information regarding the farm, visit www.greatcountryfarms.com or contact the farm at 540-554-2073.