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Dewberry Farm Celebrating Ten Years of Agri-tainment

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One of the most popular outdoor spots for families this Fall is Dewberry Farm in Brookshire.

It started off a small and simple research farm. 

"Actually we built the pavilion, country store and this building here the first year.  We didn't have grass or anything.  It was either mud or dust, so it was kind of a slow start," said Larry Emerson, also known as Farmer Dewberry.

Emerson is a bug doctor, or entomologist, by training who at first blew off the idea of good old fashioned agri-tainment on his turf.  Now the farm has grown into quite the destination.

For the tenth year in a row thousands of families are sliding into Dewberry Farm, where the more than 30 attractions each has a name.  Take the fort for example.

"Well, I was just drawing it up, and I thought I need a name up here.  Fort Dew Hickey.  D-E-W Hickey," said Emerson.

Emerson's challenge each year is coming up with something new.  This year it's an eight acre corn maze featuring Uncle Same and his "You CAN vote" message.  Kids can vote for a candidate by bringing a can of food to be donated to local food pantries. 

There's also the Dewville Express, a restored locomotive Emerson hopes will start carrying passengers soon.

"I'm just trying to stay up with the growth, trying to have enough activities to spread the crowd out."

Hayrides ferry families to the pumpkin patch.  Each week crews deliver pumpkins from out of state by the truck load.  Enter "Pumpkin Hollar" to see 500 lighted, hand carved pumpkins. 

"I was in here one day and this guy walks in and says, 'Boy it's going to stink in here in a couple weeks," laughed Emerson.

Turns out each is fake and housed in a huge building you can tour any time of day.  All this and more but don't think Emerson is done with his plans.  He's planning a farm themed carousel for next season.

"I'm an entertainer now.  It's quite a change."

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