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Sweet Corn Festival To Benefit Families With Special Needs

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-1-28-16-pmMONTGOMERY FARMS is normally filled with beautiful brides and wedding guests. But this summer, it will host a festival celebrating delicious sweet corn and benefiting families with special needs.

On July 28, the festival is open to the public and will raise money to support the July 29 Special Abilities Barnyard Bash, which is specifically for families with special needs.

Dallas Montgomery, who owns and runs Montgomery Farms with his sister, Mandi Bieda, said they wanted to give back to the community by offering this event to the public. Because the surrounding areas in Southern Indiana have a high incidence of children with special needs, they wanted to give that population a way to enjoy a festival just for them while offering fun and helpful information for parents and caregivers.

Montgomery Farms was an agri-entertainment business for many years, but it now hosts weddings and events. Before those weddings, though, the farm was known for its sweet corn. So, the family decided to host a Sweet Corn Festival, which also gave them an excuse to plant corn again. “Even today, we still get calls asking if we have sweet corn, although we haven’t grown it for years,” he said with a laugh. “We were known for sweet corn, so we just planted our own sweet corn. And it’s starting to come up!”

There will be sweet corn for sale, as well as a sweet corn grilling station, cornhole, a petting zoo with 100 animals, a sweet corn eating contest, food trucks, zip lines, a mechanical bull, a beer garden, bounce houses, vendor booths, carnival games, live music and more.

At the Special Needs Barnyard Bash, there will be a petting zoo, haircuts, a special needs dance team performance, vacation and financial planning services, medical equipment resources, a movie screening, police car and fire truck to play in, 3D interactive games, karaoke and more.

Montgomery said for the first year, the money raised from the event will support the free event on Sunday, but in the future, he and Bieda hope to raise more money from proceeds and sponsorships to donate to local charities for people with special needs. And with 40 acres of land, there is plenty of room to grow.

Admission and parking are free, and each activity, food and drink will have its own cost. The Barnyard Bash will be free for all special needs families and caregivers.

“It’s a fun event for a great cause,” Montgomery said.


Sweet Corn Festival

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 28

MONTGOMERY FARMS

1122 E. Radio Tower Road in Underwood

Free to attend. Cost is per activity.

Facebook.com/montgomeryfarmssweetcornfestival

317.679.8229

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Jessica + Russel Clark

1Nov. 4, 2017

Montgomery Farms

Photos by Trina Whalin of Photo Lulu

Russell and I wed at Montgomery Farms in Scottsburg on

Nov. 4, 2017.

Mandi Bieda and Dallas Montgomery Jr. of Montgomery

Farms went above and beyond to make our day so special.

Dallas Montgomery Sr. even officiated our wedding for us, while

Samantha Montgomery did all our flower arrangements and

décor, including the bouquets and arbor. They worked as a team

to make it all come together, and it was just perfect.2

Trina Whalin of Photo Lulu also did a great job of capturing

every special moment. We will cherish those pictures forever. Jan

Collins with Country Classic did our hors d’oeuvres and dinner,

and it was so yummy. They also went above and beyond to help

with cutting the cake, passing it out, and bussing tables for us.3

They even did a few plated meals for me and Russell, as well

as a few older guests of ours. Sweet Stuff Bakery did our cake,

which was picture perfect and tasted great! Everyone just did

such an amazing job for us and we are so lucky to look back on

that day and see how magical it all really was. We feel so lucky.

–Jessica (Chesney) Clark456


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A RUSTIC WEDDING WITH AN AUTUMN SUNSET

Montgomery Farms in Scottsburg has turned a 150-year-old farm and barn into a wedding site in the middle of nature. Sunsets are preferred. Rainbows cost extra. 

BY STEVE KAUFMAN | FAMILY PHOTO BY TRINA WHALIN 

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Photo by Janie Mahoney Photography and Design

Imagine a 10-year-old girl and boy who first met in the pumpkin patch at Montgomery Farms playing hide and seek in the corn maze. And now, 12 years later, they’re getting married on the grounds of the same Scottsburg farm. 

The pumpkin patch and the corn maze are gone now. So are the hayride, the straw jump and the bonfires. But the 40-acre farm with the 150-year-old cattle barn has been turned into one of the most popular wedding venues in Southern Indiana. And, said Mandi Bieda, one of the owners, it’s true that some of her clients first met at the farm.

In 1999, when she and her brother, Dallas Robert Montgomery, first turned the old working farm into what’s called “agri-entertainment” – the hayrides, pumpkins, farm store, etc. – they were getting 20,000 to 30,000 people coming out on fall weekends.

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Photo by Janie Mahoney Photography and Design

“People looked around our great landscape and asked if it would ever be possible to hold a wedding here,” said Mandi. “It turned out, my brother and I thought it was a great idea, too.” So, apparently, did everyone else. The minute Mandi and Dallas Robert decided to turn the farm into a wedding venue, the phone started ringing.

By the way, Dallas Robert gets the full moniker treatment because he’s the third generation of Dallas Montgomerys. Grandfather Dallas Donald Montgomery bought the land 70 years ago as a full working farm. But while his sons, Dallas Earl Montgomery and Gary Montgomery, worked the farm, they eventually went off to get engineering degrees and pursue their own professions.

Mandi and Dallas Robert grew up on the farm, at one point running a little sweet corn stand across the street. It was they who had turned the property into a weekend attraction, starting in 1999, and it was they who had decided to close it down.

“Having a play farm is such a weather-dependent business,” she said. “It’s awesome when it doesn’t rain, but when it rains six weekends out of seven, it’s not a lot of fun.”

So, the two-story barn was modernized, although it’s still authentic with bales of hay, whiskey barrels and old furniture all around. “Brides like rustic, but not completely rustic,” said Mandi. “They want their comforts, too.”

The modernization included replacing a gravel floor with concrete and building an adjoining, matching wood-frame building with a bridal suite with its own restroom, groom’s suite, other restrooms and a kitchen prep area. There’s also a covered connection between the new building and the barn for when the weather is iffy. (Mandi doesn’t use the word “rain.” It’s considered superstitious in the events business. She calls it “Plan B.”)

But the barn is not the only possible wedding venue. The 40 acres are full of possibilities. People can get married in a clearing in the woods, on the great lawn, near the pond or at other spots on the property that catch their fancy. “We’re completely open to anyone’s preferences,” Mandi said. “But the great lawn is our most popular outdoor venue. It’s a beautiful backdrop.”

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Photo by Photography and Design by Lauren

And, of course, “Plan B” is always moving back into the barn. “But we’ll wait until the last minute before we revert to Plan B,” she said. “Brides know what they want, and we want to be able to give it to them.”

For barn weddings, the ceremony is held in the large, peaked-roof, beamed-ceiling loft. After the ceremony, while guests are eating downstairs, the loft is turned into a festive, sparkling party and dancing site.

“The downstairs of the barn is pretty,” said Mandi, “but the loft is breathtaking.”

The barn can hold 300 guests comfortably, but other options can handle more. “We can seat more people on the lawn, and we can add tents on the lawn. We’ll work with anybody’s needs and preferences.”

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Photo by Photography and Design by Lauren

The farm’s wedding season runs from the beginning of April to the first weekend of November. “Because we wanted to keep the barn as authentic as possible, it isn’t air-conditioned or heated. We’re eventually going to add an all-weather venue so we can accommodate people all year round.”
Accommodating people is the root of this family’s business. “We know that we do this every weekend, but for most brides this is a first-time, one-time event,” said Mandi, “and we want to offer a no-surprises experience. We handle every detail. We don’t want them to have to think about anything but having a great wedding.”


MONTGOMERY FARMS 

1122 Radio Tower Road

Underwood

812.752.2300

www.montgomery-farms.com