My family and I attended the Fall Harvest Celebration at Hunter's Honey Farm last weekend, September 20, 2014. It wasn't our first trip to Hunter's, but it was the first time we were able to attend this special celebration of the harvest... and boy, was my not-quite-five-year-old excited!

Was he excited to see how they harvest honey from live bee hives? Or, maybe touring the honey barn and learning how all that sticky natural sweetness processed and bottled into cute little bear-shaped bottles? 
Um...well, no...not exactly.
Hunters Tour Hunters Processing
Actually, he'd heard a local radio commercial last week promising that the event would include pony rides and a ferret rescue organization would be on hand to introduce visitors to the furry little creatures, which, I admit is pretty exciting for a little guy who loves animals.
Hunters Pony Ride Hunters Ferret
Luckily, it turned out that he did really enjoy the harvesting demonstration and the honey barn tour (as did his parents) and of course he was beyond thrilled to ride in a pony cart and cuddle a cute little ferret as well.
Hunters Pony Cart Hunters Liam Ferret
He also met a couple of adorable little miniature donkeys, watched a chainsaw carver at work, saw how beeswax candles are made and he brought home his very own sword (made from a red balloon).
Hunters Donkeys Hunters Chainsaw
Hunters Candle Making Hunters Candles
There were other kid-friendly activites as well - hayrides, bounce houses, face painting, a roll-your-own candle activity and "pony" rides on full size horses!
Hunters Hay Rides Hunters Kids Activities
If you go, plan to stop in at the Busy Bee Cafe. The food was amazing - pork chops and hot dogs, honey tea and lemonade, snow cones, honey ice cream... and Gregory Orchard was on hand with other fall flavors as well, including pumpkins, apples, preserves and more.
Hunters Gregory
Of course, a visit to the gift shop is always a must when you're anywhere in the vicinity. It's impossible to leave without some tasty honey (and often a selection of yummy honey snacks too), and you've got to stop and check in with the demonstration hive. My little one is always on the hunt for the Queen bee... he knows she's in there somewhere! 
Hunters Gift Shop Hunters Demo Hive
Obviously, we had a wonderful time at this signature Morgan County event. There's something for just about everyone to enjoy at the Hunter's Honey Farm Fall Harvest Celebration  - the most daring visitors can even take a brief helicopter ride over the beautiful Morgan County landscape! 
Hunters Helicopter
We'll definitely be adding this to our family's annual event calendar - maybe you should, too. Better yet, come out to Hunter's for a visit before next September - the Honey Farm is located just outside of Martinsville, Indiana on West Honey Lane. Tours are always available, and are customized for various age groups and/or families. 
Hope to see you there!