ILION – “Mommy, this is the best,” exclaimed Savannah Miller, 6, as she skipped away from the horse-riding ring.
Warm temperatures and midday sunshine brought a crowd to Randy’s Ridge Hobby Farm Sunday, during the farm’s
annual Columbus Day weekend celebration. Dozens of children, parents and grandparents took turns admiring the animals, riding horses, enjoying a horse-drawn hay ride and snacking on homemade goodies.
“We had a couple emergencies when some horses got loose, but we’re all under control now,” said Randy’s Ridge Owner Susan Randazzo. “It’s a great turn out today – Much better than yesterday. I hope this weather holds out.”
People traveled from throughout the Valley to Randy’s Ridge Sunday. Monica Balderston made the drive from Dolgeville with her daughter.
“It’s our first time here,” she said as she watched her daughter, Brooke Boyer, take a turn
riding a horse. “I saw it on Facebook. It’s turned out to be a beautiful day and this is a really cute little place. Brooke is enjoying herself.”
“We came last year. This is our second time,” said Adam Waldo, of Ilion. “They always put on a good time.”
“It’s a fun time,” added Waldo’s wife, Kaleena, with daughter River. “It’s close to home, reasonable prices – We love it.”
“This is our first time here,” said Ray McLain, of Little Falls, as he and granddaughter Rylee walked through the barn. “My son saw a sign advertising it. I think this is great for kids.”
The fun continues for one more day Monday, Oct. 9, from noon to 6 p.m.
Randy’s Ridge is located at 216 Avery Rd, just south of Ilion. Entrance into the hobby farm is free, but horse rides are $1 each and hayrides are $3 per person.