Guests gathered for unlimited family fun all weekend long, soaking in both rain and sunshine, to support the meaningful mission of Lambs Farm.
What was traditionally Lambs Farm’s Community Tent Sale was transformed into Fall on the Farm, a brand new event which offered an abundance of fall activities to celebrate the season.
Pumpkins were beautifully painted, sand art colors glistened in bottles, fall themed games were played and Farmyard animals had countless visitors. But the fun didn’t stop there.
Smiles lit up the Farm as guests experienced a barrel train ride provided by the Lake County Farm Heritage Association and a viewing of vintage tractors. Steve Belliveau amazed families with his balloon twisting talents and supplied guests with another souvenir to take home. Those who visited solely for the Tent Sale had free access to an assortment of entertainment while shopping.
WTTW’s BIG IDEA Traveling Lab allowed children to engage in themes such as emotions, life cycles, recycling and the natural world using the wonder, watch and learn more recipe. Lambs Farm’s Participants offered guests entertainment under the Pavilion in conjunction with the DJ on Saturday. The Aladdin cast reenacted scenes from their recent and successful production. On Sunday, there was a special appearance from An Exceptional Chorus, who sang beautifully for the crowd.
The Tent Sale vendors gave guests a diverse and enjoyable shopping experience. From animal rescue shelters and boutiques to antiques and bath products, there was something for everyone’s interests. Vendors had success and created friendships as they helped one another through windy conditions on Saturday. The perfect weather on Sunday made set up and take down a breeze.
The Lambs Farm Cedar Chest Thrift Shop displayed a copious amount of treasures in their tent, including seasonal décor, clothes, furniture and more. The Thrift Shop also maintained regular business hours, which served as the perfect place to shop on Saturday when the clouds came through and gave guests the opportunity to explore other unique items.
Lake Bluff Brewing Co. (Lake Bluff), Fine’s (Libertyville), Mario’s Cart (Carol Stream), Rosati’s Pizza (Libertyville) and Tighthead Brewery (Mundelein) were the outstanding food and beer vendors who participated in the event. Their great customer service, along with delicious food and beer were a great addition, as they offered families quick options in midst of all the Fall on the Farm happenings. Guests could also go to the Magnolia Café & Bakery for a sit-down lunch and visit other Lambs Farm businesses throughout the day.
Special Events Coordinator, Kathy McMeins, spent months organizing and planning Fall on the Farm. Her vision was able to come to life, and she is grateful to everyone who participated. “I would like to thank all the tent sale vendors, food vendors, beer vendors for their donations, WTTW, an Exceptional Chorus and the Lake County Farm Heritage for coming out,” she said.
An integral piece of Fall on the Farm that tied all the fun together were the amazing volunteers. “There were approximately 20 volunteers per shift, which totals to about 40-50 volunteers each day, Volunteer & Groups Coordinator Angela Ramert said. “We had more than 80 volunteers throughout the weekend.”
Volunteers introduced games to guests, assisted in crafts, organized the tent sale items and helped with clean up. “The volunteers really do make it all happen,” Kathy added.
The wonderful moments captured below solidify that Fall on the Farm was a success after its first year. Lambs Farm would like to thank everyone who was involved in the event and for your support in helping people with developmental disabilities lead productive, happy lives and connecting with the human spirit in us all.
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