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Published Tue, Oct 02, 2012 08:00 PM
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Nothing could be finer than to be in Johnston County in the fall

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Johnston County farmers have a variety of events planned in October for families to enjoy including pumpkin picking, hayrides and corn mazes.

City dwellers can visit several farms and learn more about the county’s agriculture heritage.

For kids, Clayton Fear Farm Daytime is child friendly and has pumpkins in the patch still on the vine for picking (prices vary depending on the size). Also suitable for children are the Seymour’s House of Dreams, Jumping Pillow, Corn Box, Spider Web, Family Dodge Ball, Picnic Shelter, Tire / Tractor Playground, Cow Milking and a giant slide. Open on Saturday and Sundays in October and on Halloween, Oct. 31.

At night and for the older kids with stronger hearts there is the Clayton Fear Farm. This fear farm features seven scary haunted attractions including haunted houses that offer new horror features each year. The farm includes the Fear Farm Academy, the Black Hole, Fear Forest Haunted Hayride, Slaughterhouse, the Farm House, a Walk in The Dark and the Haunted Cotton Maze.

Open Friday and Saturday nights in October, Sunday Oct. 14 and 21 and the whole week before Halloween, October 25-31.

Both the Daytime and Fear Farm are on the Boyette Family Farm at 1620 Loop Road, Clayton. For more information call 919-553-0016 or visit, boyettefamilyfarms.com.

Lazy O Farm in Smithfield has programs for school age children all year round. For fun farm education explore the barnyard, visit the animals, or hop on a hayride. Appointments are required.

Super “Saturdayz” will be start 10 a.m.-2 .p.m. Saturdays in October. The farm is open to the public for self-guided visits of Barnyard animals and exhibits, hayrides and a maze. The Great Pumpkin Patch is also open. Visitors can pick their favorite pumpkin at 3583 Packing Plant Road, Smithfield, 919-934-1132.

Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. come to Smith’s Nursery Fall Festival and spend the day. Enjoy pumpkin picking, crafts, hayrides, relay races, music and food at 443 Sanders Road, Benson. Call 919-934-1700 or visit smiths-nursery.com/upickberries/upickberries.

This year’s Wilson’s Mills Pumpkin Festival is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13. Visitors can join in the family fun with old fashion games, corn hole, antique farm equipment show, music, inflatable’s, dunkin booth and great food at the Wilson’s Mills Town Hall. Call 919-938-3885.

For the first time, Tucker Lake in Benson is having a haunted hayride. These thrilling rides will take place every Friday and Saturday from 5pm-10pm, and Sundays from 1pm-5pm, September 28- October 28, and on Halloween. There will also be a kid friendly hayrides 5pm-7:30pm and all day Sundays. Come for the hayride, stay for the food, games, and fun. For more information http://www.hexagonwakepark.com, or call 919-207-1086.

For these fall events and a variety of heritage exhibits, Civil War programs, performing arts and October festivals like the Selma Railroad Days and the Ava Gardner Festival, check out the Calendar of Events on the Johnston County Visitors Bureau website, www.johnstoncountync.org or call for brochures, 919-989-8687.

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