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The fifth annual Farm Festival at Dakin Dairy will feature a bevy of activities like cow train rides, pony rides and a 5-acre maze as well as a mac ’n cheese tasting and a performance by Parrish-based country music performer Kim Betts and her Gamble Creek band. There will also be numerous local vendors and demos set up in a scenic pasture the farm has set aside for visitors.

Dakin, which has 1,600 milking cows, is the only Florida dairy farm open to the public. The dairy was never intended to be a hot spot for tourists, Karen Dakin told the Herald-Tribune, but now that it is, she's embracing it. "They were coming to visit anyhow," Karen said, explaining the new kitchen, "so it was nice to have something more than a hot dog."

Once the Farm Festival is over, Dakin will resume its Old-Fashioned Country Picnics, which go down at specific times Wednesday through Saturday all the way till May.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Dakin Dairy Farms, 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City; $15; 322-2802; dakindairyfarms.com.

Last modified: October 9, 2013
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