MEET A COX FARMER! Q & A WITH TAMMIE

14068024_10154705728487454_7304866032484523480_oTammie – possibly the nicest and cheeriest person on the planet. She’s our all-around gold medal winner! She’s a gal for all seasons but you’ll most likely recognize her as the happy face that greets you at the Customer Service booth during the Fall Festival and Fields of Fear.

Q: How long have you worked at Cox Farms?

A: This Fall Festival will be my 8th.

Q: What is your job title during the fall?

A: I’m a Customer Service Leader for Fall Festival and Fields of Fear.

Q: When your smiling face isn’t here, what else do you do?

A: I work at Little River Elementary School where I’m the Attendance Secretary.

Q: What inspired you to work at Cox Farms?

A: My daughter worked here and encouraged me to do it. My first Fall Festival I worked in the Festival Market. My son works here now, too!

Q: Favorite part of the Fall Festival?

A: Seeing all the happy families as they come in!

Q: Favorite Fall Festival food?

A: Pulled pork BBQ with coleslaw on top!

Q: Do you have a favorite Fall Festival memory?

A: I have two. Feeding the animals one fall while it was sleeting-I love our goats! The other favorite memory was going down Dino Slide for the first time.

Q: What do you like to do on your day off?

A: I love to go fishing or go to the movies with my husband.

Q: What is your favorite movie of Summer ’16?

A: Suicide Squad!

Q: Favorite movie of all time?

A: A Walk in the Clouds with Keanu Reeves.

Q: Name one place you’ve never been that you would like to see.

A: Ireland

Q: Do you have a favorite song?

A: “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver.

Q: In the movie of your life, who would you like to see in the role of Tammie?

A: Linda Blair from The Exorcist- not because of the character in the movie! People just tell me that I look like her!

Trust me, Tammie, no one would ever mistake you for that iconic character! You brighten everyone’s day! Only 15 days until Preview Weekend 2016!

 

MEET A COX FARMER – Q&A WITH CAMERON

Remember the scene from “The Wizard of OZ” when Toto pulls back the curtain and exposes the “real” wizard who is making all the sound, lighting and visual effects? The famous line that’s spoken, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”? That’s our Cameron-the mastermind behind all our tech “stuff”! You may have even seen him whizzing by you on his bike on the festival grounds, his favorite mode of transportation.

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Q: How long have you been at Cox Farms?

A: 2015 will be my 8th Fall Festival.

Q: What is your actual job title?

A: I’m the Technology Manager.

Q: What do you like to do on your day off?

A: That depends on the season. During the fall it’s binge-watching something on Netflix but the rest of the year I like to go hiking and camping.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I was born in Utah but went to high school in Vienna.

Q: Pet peeve?

A: Noodles that are not cooked “al dente”.

Q: Do you have a favorite meal?

A: It’s an African dish called “Fufu”, you dip corn balls into a peanut sauce. We ate it a lot when I was growing up.

Q: Name a place you’ve never been but hope to see.

A: Antartica

Q: What was your biggest challenge for this year’s Fall Festival?

A: The Forest – Imaginature Trail during the day/The Forest: Back 40 during Fields of Fear. So many props, so much technology/special effects, things we’ve never done before. It’s really cool.

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Q: What do you love the most about the Fall Festival?

A: Being outside, on my bike and seeing all the kids having fun.

Thanks, Cameron! We’re very appreciative of our man behind the curtain!

 

MEET A COX FARMER – Q&A WITH SUNSHINE!

SunshineWe’ve never known anybody so aptly named. Sunshine is a pint-sized human full of enthusiasm, perkiness and smarts all rolled into one! Of course, the first question has to be about her name!

Q: Is “Sunshine” your real name or a nickname?

A: It is my real name, my middle name. My mom had 4 kids in 4 years. Eight years later she had me and it was shortly after her own mother passed away. My mom named me Maria Sunshine because sunshine=happiness.

Q: How long have you been a Cox Farmer?

A: I started in 1993. Took a few Fall Festivals off when I was busy with babies, like 2007-2008.

Q: What is your job title and description?

A: I’m the Fall Festival Retail Market Manager and buyer.

Q: Where did you go to high school?

A: Centreville HS – I’m a Wildcat!

Q: If you weren’t working at Cox Farms, where do you think you’d be?

A: At home with my four boys, for sure!

Q: Favorite current song?

A: “My Way” by Fetty Wap

Q: Do you have any hidden talents?

A: Does touching my nose with my tongue count?

Q: Any pet peeves?

A: Complaining!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat at the Fall Festival?

A: Easy – a bacon-wrapped hot dog!

Q: Anything new to the Fall Festival Market this year?

A: We’ve moved our cashiers out of the market and into these little cottages which means 700 sq. feet of extra retail space! One of our new retail items is this slap bracelet!

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Q: Best Fall Festival memory?  You must have a slew of them!

A: Meeting my husband here in 2002. You can’t top that!

Thank you, Sunshine! We can’t wait to see you in the market during Fall Festival and Fields of Fear. You brighten our day!

Behind the Scenes With Connor, A Fields of Fear Scaretician

-By Paige Long, a Cox Farms Farmhand

What position do you hold at Fields of Fear?
I am a proud part of the Cornightmare acting team!

What is it like to work in your position?
It’s nice to work in my position. . . I come out from my hiding spot, make my approach, and yell as loud as I can.

What motivated you to apply to work at Cox Farms’ Fields of Fear?
I had nothing to do over the fall season, and I wanted an activity where I’d have some fun.


What has been your best memory of working at Fields of Fear so far?
I once made a grown man scream higher than I could ever imagine.  That’s a memory that always sticks out in my mind! 

Connor – a 2012 Fields of Fear Scaretician

What is your favorite part about working at Fields of Fear?
My favorite part of work is the great people I am privileged to work with! And getting paid is a bonus!

You were recently declared Best Cornundrum Scare of the Night.  What are you doing to celebrate (Connor was rewarded with a few extra bucks)?
My bonus has gone nowhere as of right now.  My pocket is and will be its home, at least until I figure out what I’d like to do with it!

Behind the Scenes With a Fields of Fear Scaretician

-By Paige Long, a Cox Farms Farmhand

Say hello to Callie O., a Cornundrum actor at Cox Farms’ Fields of Fear!

What position do you hold at Fields of Fear? I am on the Cornundrum team.  For a while, I was the bus driver, but I have since switched positions to creeper. See if you can find me!

What is it like to work in your position?
I love the position I’m in!  It’s really fun and scaring people is great!

What motivated you to apply to work at Cox Farms’ Fields of Fear?
I decided to apply for Fields of Fear because I needed a job and I thought it’d be really fun to work at Cox Farms.  I grew up going there every year!

What has been your best memory of working at Fields of Fear so far?
My best memory has got to be all the actors gathering up after a long night of Fields of Fear scares talking laughing, and drinking hot chocolate and apple cider!

What is your favorite part about working at Fields of Fear?
My favorite part about working at Fields of Fear is scaring people.  There’s something about it that’s so much fun!

You were declared Best Cornundrum Scare of the Night this past Friday.  What are you doing to celebrate (Callie was rewarded with a few extra bucks!)?
I plan on putting it towards something homecoming-related like my ticket, my dress, or my dinner!

There you have it!  Visit Callie O., now a creeper at Cox Farms’ Fields of Fear:  Friday and Saturday nights from 7:30 to 11 PM, with the last admission being an hour before closing, through the beginning of November!

Behind the Scenes With Our Farmhands at the Fall Festival

-By Paige Long, a Cox Farms Farmhand

Say hello to Gillian B, a new employee to the 2012 Fall Festival at Cox Farms!

What position do you hold at the Fall Festival?
I work down at the hayride start, giving rules, directing the tractors, and helping everybody get on.

What is it like to work in your position?
It’s really awesome working here because I get to spend all day talking with kids about their visits and Halloween. It’s cool to see everybody so excited about everything that’s going on!

What motivated you to apply to work at Cox Farms?
When I first moved here several years back, I started going to Fields of Fear, and last year I decided I wanted to start working there.  Fall is my favorite season, so I thought working at the festival would be the perfect fit.

What is your favorite memory of working at Cox Farms?  Your worst?
My favorite memory would have to be getting to play with the one-week old baby goats.  One of the youngest ones ran over to me while I was feeding them and let me pick her up and I don’t think I’ve ever held an animal that was that soft.

Is it cliché to say I don’t think I had any bad memories so far?  The worst would have to be when I ran out of bubbles for my bubble gun – that was a bummer…

What is something a Cox Farms customer MUST do before leaving the farm?
You can’t leave the farm without going down the dinosaur slide. I went on my first ride of the season today and it was even better than I remembered.

There you have it!  Talk to Gillian at hayride start, try Cox Farms’ famous kettle corn, and go down the dinosaur slide the next time you swing by the farm!