OLDSMAR – There’s plenty going on at HorsePower For Kids throughout the fall and into the Christmas season.
Armando Gort owns the farm, which is on South Racetrack Road, and offers children a hands-on experience.
Gort is hosting his annual Fall Fundraiser throughout October, every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include pony and hay rides, interaction with animals, face painting, a bonfire, live music, train rides, games and much more.
Also, there will also be a scarecrow contest with cash prizes.
It’s all about getting kids to experience life in the country, amid nature and animals that they wouldn’t get the chance to interact ith otherwise.
“We spend a lot of time on the Fall Festival,” Gort said. “We have the biggest pumpkins and some really great food. We look forward to this every year.”
Gort said he is in need of volunteers to help out at the weekend festivals. Many of the people that work at the farm every day are volunteers, mostly high school kids. For the festival, which usually attracts large crowds, more volunteers are needed and Gort is hoping he can find some before October.
Volunteers must be 16 or older, but younger kids can volunteer as long as they have their parents along.
After Thanksgiving, Gort said he and HorsePower for Kids is preparing to team up with Incarnation Catholic Church for a Christmas festival. It will feature a live nativity scene, and a manger at the lake on site.
Gort doesn’t make a lot of money with his farm, but he does it for the children who could never have an experience like the one they get at the farm.
“We do what we can for the kids,” Gort said. “The Fall Festival is always important to them and they get a chance to see something they have never seen before. It’s always a success.”
HorsePower for Kids is located at 8005 S. Racetrack Road. For information on volunteering, call (813) 855-8992.