PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — As the weather begins to cool down, farms like Thornspring Pastures in Pulaski County begin to set up for another year of agritourism.
“You know, the last 48 hours we try to start finishing up all the decorations, make sure all the landscaping is looking nice,” said owner Michael Jones.
Thornspring Pastures is holding its annual Fall Fest from Saturday, Sept. 26, to Oct. 25.
Jones and his family have been welcoming visitors to their farm for 11 years now, and each year, the crowds get bigger.
Several of their pop up games and booths have ties to Bible stories, something the Jones family is very passionate about, their faith.
“We add something every year. We sure do. We try to add different things, and we get a lot of ideas from the kids that come here,” Jones said, pointing to this year’s addition, a music section.
“Considering that agriculture is still the number one business in the state of Virginia, it’s important,” said Peggy White, Executive Director of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.
According to White, Pulaski County is the perfect place for social distancing right now. She says they do it there naturally.
“New River Trail, Claytor Lake… we have lots of places to hike so we really promote the fall hikes during the leaf change,” White said.
“The open air is in our favor right now on the farm, so that’s a good thing,” Jones said.
Of course, Jones says there will be hand sanitizer stations and enforced social distancing at Thornspring Pastures.
White says because of COVID-19, there’s not a clear way to see how much revenue will be generated for the county through agritourism, but if you ask farmers like Jones, it’s never been about the money.
My wife and I decided, way back, that we’d keep pouring money into it, so what we take in, we try to put right back in. Hopefully, one day, it will be profitable, and we’ll reap the benefits,” Jones chuckled. “Right now, as long as people come out and enjoy it, it’s a joy to us to do it. It really is.”
Thornspring Pastures will be holding a live concert after their doors close for farm fest on their opening day Saturday.
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