0519 MHF family night

Mimosa Hills Farm owner Crosby Reed poses with some of her award-winning horses.

Horse rides, carriage rides, a petting zoo, face painting and more will be part of the fun when Mimosa Hills Farm’s Free Family Night festival rolls around on June 9.

The event, which is designed for the entire family with no age limits, will take place on the Morganton farm that Sunday from 1-7 p.m.

Crosby Reed, the owner, trainer and manager of the farm, said Family Free Night will be similar to a horse fair Mimosa Hills did a few years ago. So far, the response to the event has been so great that Reed has opened up the time from a two-hour window to a nearly all-day affair in anticipation of a crowd of 300 to 400.

“It’s a way for kids to come out and see the horses,” she said. “They can go on a horse ride. We’ll have carriage rides. We’ll have our petting zoo animals out. We’ve got a couple alpacas, a llama, a bunch of goats and sheep and all kinds of chickens and turkeys that roam around.”

Reed is in the process of lining up food and, possibly, balloon vendors for the event. Face painting will be provided by Shenanigans Face and Body Art. While admission to the farm that day is free, Reed suggested folks bring money for the vendors if they wish to make purchases.

Those who wish to attend can register online at conta.cc/2Q911W9. Printing out tickets isn’t necessary, but the registration will give Reed a better idea of how many people will attend.

The event also will help to give folks an opportunity to see what goes on at Mimosa Hills Farm on a daily basis.

“We have a bunch of summer camps coming up,” Reed said. “We have a bunch of camps for kids ages 2 to 5, 6 to 9 and 10 to 15. They’re anywhere from three-day day camps to a few overnight camps, as well. We do riding lessons for kids as young as 2 years old and up to advanced riders. We take kids to horse shows and we hold horse shows at the farm, as well.”

Mimosa Hills also hosts birthday parties, which have a similar setup to the upcoming festival with horse rides and carriage rides. The farm also trains and sells horses, offers horse boarding and takes horses to festivals and church events.

“We’ve got a really nice selection of lesson horses and carriage horses that actually compete in carriage driving,” Reed said. “That’s some of the ones we’ll use for the festival.”

For more information about Mimosa Hills, which is located at 671 Hopewell Road, visit mimosahillsfarm.com or follow the farm’s Facebook page at facebook.com/mimosahillsfarm.

Justin Epley can be reached at jepley@morganton.com or 828-432-8943.

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