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Country music fills a fall day at Jaemor Farms
Homegrown Band and other fall festivities draw crowds
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Courtney Wiley and her son Easton feed goats at the petting zoo at Jaemor Farms in Alto, on Nov. 4, 2017. People came out to Jaemor Farms to enjoy fall activities including a performance by Homegrown Band. - photo by David Barnes

Jaemor Farms was alive with the sound of country music Saturday as Carrollton’s Homegrown Band took the stage.

“We have never held a concert at Jaemor before,” said Caroline Lewallen, the farm’s marketing director. “This is very exciting. Homegrown Band is Georgia-based, and we are thrilled to have such amazing talent perform here.”

Parker Whidby of Georgia Tourism/Explore Georgia explained they partnered with Homegrown Band to do a series of farm shows this fall.

“We came to Jaemor because it’s very well-known and family-oriented,” Whidby said. “While we are focusing on doing concerts across Georgia this fall, we hope to do some shows in the spring, too.”

Homegrown Band began 10 years ago and includes Craig Brannon, Kevin Brannon, Megan Blair and Jason Cole. Influenced by bands such as Diamond Rio and Alabama, they add a certain amount of bluegrass flair to the genre of “mainstream country.”

The band played for three hours, performing several cover songs as well as many originals, including their newest single, “Throwback,” featured on Great American Country and The Country Network.

In addition to the free concert, visitors could enjoy a wide range of family-friendly activities, including a petting zoo, apple cannon, farm slide, duck races and a pumpkin train for young children. Saturday was also the last day to explore the corn maze.

Many families could be found partaking in all the fall festivities.

“I’ve been to Jaemor plenty of times, and today I brought my grandkids,” said Lisa Lewin. “My grandson likes YouTube vlogging and he’s going to make a video of today. As for me, I’m enjoying the band, and Jaemor’s awesome boiled peanuts.”

Amy Sumrak, her husband and her daughter, like many, came to the farm for a perfect fall outing.

“We just wanted to get out of the house for a bit and enjoy all the colorful leaves,” she said. “We’ve been coming to Jaemor probably since our daughter was born. She likes the petting zoo and getting to play with the animals.”

Tiffany Wiley came to the farm with her daughter, Courtney, and her grandson, Easton.

“I haven’t been here in years, but Courtney comes here pretty frequently to the market,” Wiley said. “We came out today to let the kids ride the pumpkin train.”

Jennifer Copeland and her granddaughter Charlie came for the family activities, and enjoyed the band while they were there.

Aiden Edwards and her friends came to the farm in Alto from Athens to explore the corn maze on its final day of the season.

“We were supposed to go to a cheerleading competition this morning, but the team we were going to compete against dropped out,” she said. “We had planned to come here afterward anyway, so now we are just going to spend the day here!”

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