Richlands Dairy gears up for annual fall festival

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: October 1, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – One of Central Virginia’s most-anticipated events of the entire fall season, an event that attracts visitors from across the entire Commonwealth, is almost upon us. The glorious Dinwiddie Fall Festival, at Richlands Dairy Farm and Creamery, will be held every weekend in October. Hayrides to the pumpkin fields with family and friends to pick out that perfect pumpkin, the beautiful rolling hills with hundreds of cows, that slight nip in the air with its promise of the approaching winter, the sweet and adorable animals in the petting barn, and the time spent with your family on a pristinely beautiful autumn day, will undoubtedly be the highlight of the fall season, and instill memories that will last a lifetime.

The Dinwiddie Fall Festival will feature fun-filled activities such as corn mazes, lots and lots of cows—big and small, face-painting, two huge pumpkin patches where you and your children can pick out your own perfect pumpkins, hayrides, working farm tours, a Kid’s Zone, petting zoo, children’s activities, amazing seasonal foods, an area where very young future farmers can peddle around on very small really cool tractors, and so much more. There will be so many wonderful things to see and do, that your children may just talk you into coming back again, since the festival will be held every weekend in October.

Laura Siegle Photography will be on-hand at the festival on October 12, 13, 19, and 20, for mini-photo sessions for interested families and individuals. The breathtaking beauty of the farm provides the most amazing backdrops for family and individual photographs, and will capture and preserve the magic of this incredible fall day for a lifetime. Many families have used these photos each year as their annual Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas greetings. Prior reservations for the photo sessions are required, and can be made at

Dinwiddie’s Fall Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Parking for the festival will be at the Richlands Creamery this year, which is located at 460 Cox Road, Blackstone, 23824, adjacent to the farm. Don’t forget that the Creamery will be open as well, with the most fabulous treats imaginable. Admission to the festival will be $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 3 to 12, Seniors, and Military; and children 2 and under are free.

“While dairy farming and our new creamery takes a lot of work, we are blessed, and we enjoy sharing it with others,” remarked Coley Jones Drinkwater, co-owner/marketing and sales, Richlands Dairy Farm and Creamery. “Most people don’t realize the amount of technology we use here every day, how well the cows are taken care of, or how much work goes into a gallon of milk. Our open farm events, like the Fall Festival, give people an opportunity to experience time on the farm, and see for themselves what dairy life is like. My grandparents established the farm back in the 1950’s, and it has grown substantially since then. We have about 250 or so cows on any given day—500 if you count the calves. It is really hard work putting the festival together each year, but it is worth it to see the smiles on the children’s faces—and they have so much fun!”

Richlands Dairy Farm is located at 116 Cox Road, Blackstone, Virginia 23824. For additional event details, check out the Richlands Dairy Farm website at, under the Tours & Events link.

The Dinwiddie Fall Festival at Richlands Dairy Farm and Creamery has all the makings of an absolutely perfect family fall activity. The crisp autumn air, the beautiful rolling hills, the scrumptious foods, the gorgeous hues of the changing leaves, the joyous hayrides, and finding that pristinely perfect pumpkin–will all contribute to a perfect fall day.

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