Four-Generation Texarkana Farm Wraps Up Another Fall Festival

By JESSIE SMITH
City Editor

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Children enjoy the cow train among other activities at Noble Oaks Farm. One girl enjoyed the cow train so much during the 2019 fall festival that she rode it 18 times.

Noble Oaks Farm finished up this year’s annual fall festival on October 27, a time for family even before the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. After six years of putting on the month-long fall festival, owner Janet Noble said this year was a little different.

“Everybody was happier,” Noble said. She said she could not quite say why, but she thought people were starting to understand the purpose of what they were doing with the festival — providing an opportunity for families to spend some time together in the outdoors.

The Noble family has run the farm for four generations, but the fall festival is a relatively new addition to the working farm.Noble said she and her son were talking one day about how the memories they remembered were the ones in which they were all together.

They wanted to provide an environment where families could play together.“It was a beautiful day outside, and I enjoy being outdoors,” Noble said. “I enjoy the land. There was a part of me that felt sad that not everybody got to enjoy it like I do, that the farming life, the outdoor life, the agrarian lifestyle was being quickly forgotten.”

The fall festival allows for anyone to come out and experience the lifestyle, if only for a day. Every year, Noble Oaks Farm hires 25 temporary employees to maintain safety and encourage fun during the fall festival.

“The thing that I love the most is hearing laughter,” Noble said. The farm offers the hayride, hay jump, corn crib, roping station and cube cannon, but the biggest hit is the cow train. Noble said one girl rode the cow train 18 times this year though she would switch up which cow she wanted to ride.

Noble said she and her son were talking one day about how the memories they remembered were the ones in which they were all together. They wanted to provide an environment where families could play together.

“It was a beautiful day outside, and I enjoy being outdoors,” Noble said. “I enjoy the land. There was a part of me that felt sad that not everybody got to enjoy it like I do, that the farming life, the outdoor life, the agrarian lifestyle was being quickly forgotten.”

The fall festival allows for anyone to come out and experience the lifestyle, if only for a day. Every year, Noble Oaks Farm hires 25 temporary employees to maintain safety and encourage fun during the fall festival.

“The thing that I love the most is hearing laughter,” Noble said.The farm offers the hayride, hay jump, corn crib, roping station and cube cannon, but the biggest hit is the cow train. Noble said one girl rode the cow train 18 times this year though she would switch up which cow she wanted to ride.

Outside of the fall festival season, Noble Oaks Farm is a working farm, and they grow crops and raise Texas longhorn cattle. Noble said that the goal is that families will remember their experiences 20, 30 years down the road while they are standing around the table at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

“We hope that that’s a tradition that they continue to bring their children and their grandchildren to play outdoors,” Noble said.

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