This was only our second year attending Cross E Ranch’s Fall Festival, but it is a family tradition that I know we will look forward to for years to come. I loved every feature of the fall festival at Cross E last year but they went bigger and better this year in a way that I didn’t even know was possible.
Where: 3500 North 2200 West, Salt Lake City (take the Center St. exit in NSL and drive west)
When: September 21 - October 29
Cost: $9-$12 (children 0-2 are free)
Things to Love About Cross E Ranch’s Fall Festival
Hill full of slides
The biggest change this year is the way that Cross E set up their slides. Last year there was one big slide that came down the side of a tall hay bale tower. This year they’ve build up a hill of dirt and put three different levels of slides together. Our kids loved the smaller tube slide on the the back side that had nobody on it and were quickly scaling the hill and sliding down on their own. We had lots of fun taking them down the largest slide and grabbed a couple of gunny sacks to help us slide faster. There are a couple of medium sized slides that looked like lots of fun as well but we didn’t try them out. The slides thrilled the kid in all of us!
Our favorite part of the festival last year continued to be a hit this year! Cross E boasts some of the most delicious homemade apple cider cake donuts. The price of the donuts isn’t included in your admission but they’re more than worth the $1 each that you can grab them for at the donut shop. My only regret is that we didn’t grab a dozen to bring home and enjoy throughout the week.
In addition to the homemade donuts, you can grab some delicious caramel applies from Millie’s Caramel Apple shop on the weekends and delicious burgers made with fresh beef from the farm or one of many other things they have to eat at The Cross E Grill. We enjoyed lunch after our morning playing at the festival and I ended up taking more than my fair share of bites from the kids hand dipped corn dogs. Plan a meal as part of your visit, you won’t regret it!
Hay ride and farm history
Every hour the hay ride leaves from the north east corner of the farm. It’s a quick 15 minute ride to view the cows and the property and hear a history of Cross E Ranch. This has been one of my favorite parts of our visit the last two years. I love to hear how the farm started, the changes it has seen and how the family has worked to maintain the rich history to this day. You’ll learn how the farm operates day to day and what they do when they’re not putting on fun festivals for the public.
Kids mini wagon train
Our oldest kept begging to “ride the front loader” again every few minutes, clear until we got home. The highlight of his visit to Cross E is anything that involves a tractor. He loves the hay ride, climbing on old equipment and being pulled in the train cars behind the front loader. These train rides run every hour or half hour depending on the need and they’re a lot of fun for the kids. It’s a slow ride and only lasts a few minutes but they enjoy every single second of it.
All day pass
Cross E has a Festival Pass and Annual Ranch Membership that we’re hoping to take advantage of next year when we have time to go more than once, but this year we really loved the day pass. I planned for an entire day spent at the ranch. We got there right after they opened and stayed until nap time. We had planned to go back later that night for a date in the corn maze. I think it would have been fun to bring the kids back for more fun after their naps, then come back ourselves to find our way through the corn maze in the dark during date night. All of that fun is possible with one general admission day pass and I love that we can come and go as we please, especially having young kids who would get tired if we were there for a long day without any breaks.
Supporting local farmers
When you visit Cross E for a festival or purchase meat from the store, you are supporting local farmers. This family has been part of our community for years and is doing a lot to contribute to the local economy. Their festival prices are some of the best in the county and you get a lot during your stay. I really love this family and their farm and love the opportunities we have to support them each year!
These are only a few of the amazing things that Cross E Ranch has at their Fall Festival this year. We try to visit a lot of different festivals and fall activities in the county each year, but Cross E’s fall festival is always at the top of our list and always a priority for us to visit.
I’d love to hear what your favorite part of Cross E Ranch’s fall festival is, whether it’s listed above or not! Leave a comment below and share!