Over the weekend Camp Korey held their annual Fall Festival at Carnation Farm and I was able to join in on the festivities! Camp Korey is a not-for-profit organization that provides support at no cost to children with serious medical conditions and their families. Kelly Bracket, Interim Development Director of Campy Korey, stated, “Our mission would be lost if it didn’t travel beyond our gates and help others find joy in their lives. Fall Festival is one of the ways we help share our vision.” Camp Korey’s mission is to “Honor the courage, strength, and determination of children living with serious and life-altering medical conditions and their families; and to provide them with a safe, friendly, medically sound environment in which to simply have fun and be kids…”
Upon arrival I marveled at the picturesque scenery of green and breathed in the fresh country air. The walk down the chestnut tree lined pathway leading to the farm heightened my excitement. After all, what city girl doesn’t love a visit to the farm?
I was joyously overwhelmed with the number of activities I witnessed at first glance. I first laid my eyes on farm animals and many activity tables including butter making, face painting, and felting with alpaca wool. As I walked to my left past the activity tables I noticed the camp style dining tables & the families nibbling on concession foods. A few of the delectables available that day were squash soup, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, and beet brownies. Yum! They served pancakes with bacon earlier that day but unfortunately I didn’t make it in time!
Guests were able to select pumpkins from the pumpkin patch or a wheel-barrow, which also included squash for sale. I decided to go with the pumpkin patch, but not before speaking with Camp Korey’s Accounting Manager, Mariah Mitchell, who was manning the sales of the wheel-barrow. Mitchell told me it was also reunion weekend! She said that Camp Korey isn’t just a camp, it’s a community, a place where children can come into their own, some of which rarely leave their homes aside from attending events and summer camp at Camp Korey, which is possible because Camp Korey has a full medical team on staff.
The children at the festival could be seen splashing around in a large puddle, trying their hand at pumpkin bowling, hay rides, or marveling at the motorless flight model airplanes being flown by Seattle Area Soaring Society members as well as guests. Other children appeared to enjoy petting ponies and a baby calf or witnessing how apple cider is pressed.
My favorite part about the day was definitely the scenery. Carnation Farm is located 25 miles outside of the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle. It’s an 818-acre farm backdropped by the Cascade Mountains and a beautiful emerald forest. Fall Festival was a perfect October activity that epitomized not only community & charity, but also the Pacific Northwest. However, I’m still a little disappointed in myself for not getting my hands on the s’mores packets and roasting two, or three, on the outdoor fire that day.