It was a popular spot until the flooding came. The Fall Festival at Gifford Farm in Bellevue was canceled a year ago. Considering what it took to restore the grounds, this year's festival is already one of the best.
Sometimes it's hard to expound on just how much fun it is. “It's pretty cool.” Greg Palmer was one of many youngsters enjoying Sunday at Gifford Farm.
The effort to bring the farm back from the devastating flood continues to pay off. The property is surrounded on three sides by water and it was underwater for the entire summer of 2011.
"Right here, our tack room, we were able to save that,” said Gifford Farm director Nancy Williams. “We had to take all the siding off, power wash it, then hand scrub it and then put it back up.”
"It's very nice, they've got new buildings, the ponies, I'm with my niece and she just loved the horses and hopefully they'll add new things,” said Chris Hocij of Bellevue.
The farm reopened in May and now capping off the year of educational experiences is the Fall Festival of 2012. “I think it's a good opportunity for people to get out and see and support it and get it back running up because they do have a lot of work that still needs to be done,” said Rose Ann Stuczynski.
Williams said this is the top year for the farm. Maybe not as many people, but the great comeback after so much was lost in the flood.