This New Year’s Eve, Carnation Farms is celebrating more than the new decade. They are also celebrating a century of being a productive farm.
The farm is having a New Years Eve “Roaring ‘20s” event that will take place at the farm’s 1920’s-built Hippodrome with live music and a fireworks show.
Electro swing band Good Co Music will perform its rendition of traditional swing jazz favorites and also a revamped, electric jazz version of modern day hits.
“It’s very danceable, very infectious music. Very fun and upbeat,” said Pascha Scott, Carnation Farms director of marketing.
Scott said many visitors to this year’s Christmas Market were excited to see the venue. The Hippodrome’s construction began in 1922 and it was originally a horse arena. Historically, dinners were held there. The space can seat several hundred people.
“It’s a beautiful building, and it’s the perfect place for a big party,” Scott said.
Dessert will be served and champagne will be provided for a midnight toast. The farm’s first ever fireworks show is put on by Western Display Fireworks.
There also will be appetizers and a no-host bar throughout the evening. Chef Robb Finn is preparing 1920s-inspired bites.
Scott said the food is designed so guests can enjoy it while mingling and wandering, rather than having to be glued to a dinner table.
Guests are encouraged to dress in 1920s attire, like flapper dresses. Scott said there is bound to be dancing.
A photo booth and silent auction benefiting farm programs also are planned.
Tickets are $75 per person and can be found on the Carnation Farms website at carnationfarms.org.
People also can book a room to stay in one of the farm’s two lodges and register for breakfast the next morning on the farm.
“It makes it a really fun way to spend New Year’s Eve and then get ready for the next morning and the dawn of a new decade,” Scott said.
She said that, from talking with community members, she’s heard many people say they are thankful for having the farm, still productive after 100 years, in the community.
“They’re so glad that the farm is a productive, working farm that celebrates food and people and that people can come to this place and celebrate together and eat together,” she said. “It’s pretty wonderful to be able to celebrate a century of a productive farm and invite people to come enjoy it.”