September 15, 2020
Snyder's Family Farm embraces public health guidelines with intimate sunset campfires
The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all businesses, but perhaps none more profoundly than those in the travel and tourism industry. Precautionary measures, like physical distancing and social bubbles, mean local attractions and tourist destinations must pivot and find new, COVID-friendly ways to serve and engage their guests.
In an average year, Snyder's Family Farm and Fear Farm in Blandford Blenheim draws thousands of visitors each fall. Both attractions are located on the same property but offer separate entrances and experiences. Snyder's Family Farm offers farm entertainment by day, while Fear Farm delights visitors with haunted barns at night.
The Snyder family has always been innovative with their guest experiences, expanding their Halloween Haunts over the years, building a bakery, and developing a Christmas tree farm. Today, with COVID-19 safety precautions in place, the business has transformed again to offer small, intimate sunset campfires, perfect for urban residents who don't have the luxury of a backyard campsite.
Groups of five to 10 people can book a campfire for friends and family within their social bubble. Visitors can expect:
- Contactless check-in and hand sanitizer on-site
- A properly spaced, physically-distanced, fire pit
- A pre-lit and stoked fire
- A folding table and chairs for all guests
- Roasting sticks (with purchase of roasting kit)
Campfire guests can order food, including fresh bakery goods, hotdogs for roasting, housemade pizza, or homemade marshmallows perfect for smores. The Sweets & Spirits Bar offers beer, cider, wine, coolers, water or pop. Each campfire site is cleaned and sanitized between guests, with Snyder's Farm staff tending to the fires as needed, respecting physical distancing guidelines.
If you would like to learn more about this innovative tourism experience in the heart of Oxford County, please contact Meghan Snyder at 519-632-7356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meredith Maywood, Tourism Specialist, Oxford County
“I am impressed daily by the innovation and creativity demonstrated by Oxford County tourism providers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Snyder’s Family Farm and Fear Farm are leaders in this innovation. They have transitioned their business from serving a high volume of visitors to providing small, unique farm experiences for consumers. They have done this while staying true to their brand and their commitment to offering a FARMtastic experience. We look forward to seeing local businesses continue to have this kind of success, and being leaders in the industry.”