Fall on the farm

Written by Peyson Shields, Photos by Shaun Cloud
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Visitors who come out also get to go through a corn maze, take photos with fall-themed props and select their own pumpkin. While the season is a busy one for the Gunters, one thing remains the top priority — the ladies.

“Our cows are why we do this,” Lloyd says. “Even if we are busy with the pumpkin patch, they’re our priority. They are good to us, so we’re good to them right back.”

Alpine Hills Brown Swiss Farm

In 1947, Dean Colson’s father, Joe, in Corinth, Ky. Dean and his wife, Debbie, decided to continue to the family tradition and purchased the farm in 1981, later building a new dairy facility and moving to Dry Ridge, Ky.

In 2000, Debbie and Dean started Country Pumpkins Fall Festival with pumpkins on a wagon and an “honesty box” for donations. Now, 16 seasons later, the fall festival has expanded on the 55-cow operation, Alpine Hills Brown Swiss Farm.

“We wanted to educate people on farm life,” says Debbie. “Especially the dairy life and all the hard work that goes into producing milk.”

The Colsons’ fall festival is now a local attraction, and they have the opportunity to educate everyone who visits about dairy, including school groups. The Colsons host school tours where students get to feed a calf and see how cows are milked.

“Alpine Hills is the only dairy left in Grant County,” Debbie says. “Each year, we host ‘Got Milk,’ a day at our fall festival where we show milking demonstrations and give away school-sized milks.”

While visitors get their fair share of dairy knowledge, they also get to enjoy a variety of activities during the fall festival.

“We have a corn maze, you-pick pumpkin patch, wagon and hay rides, many kid-friendly activities and a petting zoo,” Debbie says. “We also do tours for schools about dairy education.”

In honor of election year, visitors can get lost in politics in the four-acre corn maze, which features a donkey and elephant design.

“God has just blessed us so much,” Debbie says. “We have had great weather this year, and we are so thankful for how far we’ve come.”