McDONOUGH — With the promise of chocolate milk and Oreo cookies, more than a dozen piglets take to the race track at Southern Belle Farm’s Oinker Stadium.
They know to run the oval track as fast as possible which includes taking a quick swim along the way.
“It takes us about three weeks to teach them to swim,” said Jake Carter, owner of Southern Belle Farm in McDonough.
The pig races are part of the farm’s big fall celebration.
“The pigs love the water and this was something a little different and fun to do,” Carter said.
The fall kick-off begins Sept. 21 at the farm and includes hayrides, a pumpkin patch, corn cannon and the cornfield maze.
Now on their 7th year hosting the maze, Carter said the extra summer rain has helped it to grow tall this year.
There are three different routes to choose from, beginner, intermediate and the more challenging maze, Carter said.
“We’ve got corn cops out here to help anyone who gets lost,” Carter said.
Corn cops are those who’s job it is to know the maze inside and out to help anyone who may get lost, Carter said.
The farm receives about 30,000 visitors from all over the state every fall.
“Farming is something we’ve always done and we wanted to share what we have with the community,” Carter said.
Southern Belle will also have duck races, a cow train, pedal cars, a cotton patch and pick-your-own flowers.
Mimi’s Kitchen will also be open. The market offers food off the grill and out of the fryer, according to southernbellefarm.com They’ll offer items like corn dogs, funnel cake, boiled peanuts, baked goods, drinks and snacks.
Fall hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sept. 21 - Nov. 8. Tickets are $12 per person, seniors age 65 and over are $10, kids 2 years and under are free. Military/public service personnel are $10 (must show identification). Group rates are also available.
Visit southernbellefarm.com for more information.