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Hay! It’s time for fun on the farm

Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Morningside Farm welcomes public to annual Christmas on the Farm Saturday

Morningstar Farm and Little Qualicum Cheeseworks are getting into the spirit this Saturday for Christmas on the Farm, their annual gift to the community.

Rain or shine the event will go on, said head caroler Ray Haynes.

“Last year it poured and people still came out,” said Haynes, noting more than 300 people visited the event in 2014. “A lot of parents said their kids wouldn’t let them stay home.”

Bring the family and spend Christmas with the critters, view the holiday manger scene and listen to live music including performances by Dave Klinger, Rick McAllister, the Parksville and District Concert Band, Men in Accord, Oceanwinds Sax Quartet, Maureen O’Hern and Rosalee Sullivan.

For the kids, there are free carolling wagon rides, photo ops and a marshmallow fire pit.

For the older set, enjoy wine tasting with a selection of Mooberry Wines, as well as Qualicum Cheeseworks cheese tasting. For everyone, there will be cookies and hot drinks.

This year, with the introduction of a new robotic milking system, Haynes said the old milking parlour is being converted into a museum which should be partially finished for viewing Saturday.

Special deals are available on many gift items in the farm store, including cheese, gift baskets and John Deere farm toys.

Christmas on the Farm is free to the public, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19. For more info, call 250-954-3931 or visit www.morningstarfarm.com.

— NEWS Staff

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