Going to Mike's Farm to see the Festival of Lights is a local tradition for many families here in Jacksonville. We went last year when Mimi visited and she enjoyed it so much that she wanted to go again this year. And this was Dave's first to see the Christmas lights even though he had been to Mike's Farm before.
We were going to eat dinner at the restaurant there also and we knew from last year that it gets very crowded so we decided to try to get there as soon as the restaurant opened at 4:30. We actually got there at about 4:50 and the line to just get your name on the list for the restaurant was all they way out to the little bridge (for those of you who have been and are familiar with the area). The hayride for the lights didn't start until 6:00 but there was already a line for that as well.After the hayride, we checked to see how much longer of a wait it would be before we were seated to eat. We were told at least an hour, so we went inside to the little store and bakery to get a snack. Zachary picked a huge peanut butter cookie, I got a cream cheese puff which was yummy, and Grace and Dave got peanut butter fudge which we all sampled and it was delicious! And of course we had hot apple cider (Mimi and me) and the kids had hot chocolate. We were just finishing up the snacks when they called our name. It was most definitely not an hour. We were taken back through the winding restaurant to our own little room where we were seated and served sweet iced tea, ham and biscuits, fried chicken, pork cutlets, macaroni and cheese, fresh corn, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy and the richest, moistest brownie for dessert. Delicious!