You all recognize us at the Fall Festival by our “fashionable” red smocks and our smiles, but you probably don’t really get to know the employee behind the smock. Just like our customers, Cox Farmers have interesting talents, tastes and lives… some of us are downright fascinating!
Today I sat down with “Farmer Rick” Sickmen for a little Q&A. If you’ve been to the Fall Festival during the week, you’ve probably seen him at The Milking Show with his partner, Janet, or on the weekends when he often rocks the main stage with “The Rick Sickmen Band”.
Q: You wear many hats at Cox Farms. How would you describe your job?
A: Well, that depends on the day. There’s Farmer Rick, the entertainer that does The Milking Show during the Fall Festival, there’s Rick the musician that plays and sings with the band and I’m also a mechanic, a gardener/landscaper and cow lover.
Q: How many years have you worked at Cox Farms?
A: This year will be my sixth Fall Festival.
Q: Married with children?
A: I’ve been married for 37 years, 4 kids, 7 grandkids.
Q: What do you like to do on your day off?
A: Work in my yard and think. I also like to write stories and music.
Q: How long have you been making music?
A: I’ve had bands as long as I can remember. When I was 9 I played my guitar at recess to impress the girls. I played “Johnny B. Goode” on WDON, a radio station in Woodbridge, Virginia when I was 10 years old. I had to stand on a box to reach the mic.
Q: Any hidden talents?
A: Cooking. Especially Italian and seafood.
Q: Favorite movie and song?
A: “Good Fellas” is my favorite movie. Song – “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the Fall Festival?
A: Singing and playing with the kids.
Q: What is it about cows that you love so much?
A: I think of them as big puppy dogs. I’ll never forget the time when one of them jumped right through the opening in the back of the stage at The Milking Show and onto a small roof outside of it, then jumped right back through. Big puppy dog.
Thanks, Rick! We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Fall Festival! Only 30 more days!