A summertime journey to the past

A summertime journey to the past

Bonnybrook Farms a stop for activities, food, family fun


During the days of settlers, chuck wagons were reprieves from frontier stresses and were hubs for food and community. Nowadays, a similar sentiment is true at Bonnybrook Farms. There, families can escape the stresses of the modern world and enjoy some summertime food and fun.

The annual chuck wagon dinner ride first began four or five years ago, said Bonnie Mercuri. She and her husband Joe are the owners of Bonnybrook Farm.

“We’re always trying to think of something different,” Mercuri said. “And we have a beautiful farm and we just enjoy sharing it with others.”

The four-hour event begins at 5 p.m. with activities for all ages, including: giant slingshots and clodhopper golf, a play area, an 80-foot underground slide, and a catch-and-release fishing pond. (Guests must bring their own fishing poles and bait.) Kids can also go to the stable and pet farm animals.

Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and is “all you can eat,” Mercuri said. The meal features smoked pork and chicken, potato salad, mac ‘n’ cheese, and Nathan’s hot dogs. “(They) are the best hot dogs ever,” Mercuri added, saying that the adults enjoy them as much as the kids.

Also, Mercuri said, the dinner includes a special cole slaw.

“We are becoming famous for our food,” she said. “Everything is delicious.”

After dinner, guests climb aboard a chuck wagon and make their way to Todd Fork Creek for a bonfire and s’mores.

“The kids have fun,” Mercuri said. “There’s a lot of room to run.”

And that open space, she said, is just as much fun for adults. “Nobody feels crowded, ever,” Mercuri said. “It’s such a relaxing atmosphere.”

The event, she added, “really is an experience,” and gives people a chance to enjoy being out in the country.

“We have lots of people that just come every year,” Mercuri said.

But, above all, the goal of the chuck wagon dinner is to give people the chance to reconnect and enjoy time with each other. “We’re doing this for families,” she said.

The chuck wagon dinner rides are operational in July and August. Reservations can be made by calling 937-289-2500, or by emailing [email protected] .

To learn more about this and other events at Bonnybrook Farms, visit www.bonnybrookfarms.com.

Bonnybrook Farms is located at 3779 State Route 132 in Clarksville.

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