Homeplace Strawberries & More in Farmville put on its first Independence Day event Wednesday.
It cost families $5 for kids games, rides and face painting.
“Sometimes it’s good just to slow down in life and come out here and enjoy the air and country breeze and remember what is important to you,” Farmville resident Amber Smith said.
Smith, her husband Adam and daughter Annison-Quinn were some of many who attended the very first 4th on the Farm.
“Perfect and great for the little ones to be exposed to the farm aspect of it but also to have the playground and chickens and animals,” Smith said.
They said they chose to spend their holiday at the farm because it is relaxing and close to home.
“Tthis is something that is an asset to the town, even though its right outside city limits,” Smith said. “I think it’s wonderful because we don’t have something like this this close to town.”
The celebration offered homemade ice cream, slip and slides and a variety of jellies, jams and produce to take home.
“Everybody is not going to the beach today,” Steve Sutton, owner of the farm, said. “Everybody doesn’t have those plans, so its an avenue by which those that don’t have that access or don’t want to do that, we offer an alternative.”
Homeplace attracted people of all ages.
“You have got the picnic tables and big shade trees for older folks to sit and cool off and watch the children,” Carla Wainwright said. “Really enjoy folks in the community and socialize.”
“We have all the freedom in the world to do what we want to do, just having a day off and enjoying it with family and friends and the community is a wonderful thing,” Smith said.