Monthly Business Appreciation: Griffin Farms

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Griffin Farms has been selected as the spotlighted business for April for the Press’s Monthly Business Appreciation feature, and for every right reason. Not only do they work tirelessly to bring thousands of people in from near and far each October for their pumpkin patch, but they also host a rodeo each April that draws folks in from near and far. While in the last decade they have become a standard in the business community in Bibb County, their contributions go farther back than the pumpkin patch. 

Griffin Farms boasts a rich history dating back to 1961. Originally known as The Lazy “G,” this family-owned establishment began as a humble dairy farm with just 40 head of cattle. Through the dedication and hard work of Pat and Carolyn Griffin, along with their children Pam, Barry, and Jeff, the farm flourished. In 1986, Barry Griffin took over the reins, renaming the farm B & L Dairy and expanding its operations to around 300 cattle at its peak. However, life often takes unexpected turns, and in 1997, the dairy business bid its farewell, leaving the land awaiting its next chapter. 

That next chapter arrived in 2013 when Barry Griffin, alongside his son Brandon, breathed new life into the farm, transforming it into the beloved by many from near and far, Griffin Farms Pumpkin Patch. Since it began, it has become a staple in Bibb County, drawing thousands upon thousands of visitors from far and wide each fall.  

Their mission is simple yet profound: to create lasting memories for families that will be treasured for a lifetime. Located at 826 Griffin Road, West Blocton, AL 35184, Griffin Farms Pumpkin Patch is conveniently situated not too far from Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Calera, and surrounding areas, making it the perfect destination for a fall family outing. 

But the fun doesn’t stop there. In addition to the pumpkin patch festivities, Griffin Farms hosts an annual rodeo each April. This year, mark your calendars for April 26th and 27th, where cowboys and cowgirls of all ages are invited to experience a taste of the Wild West.  

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 26th, a sort of mini rodeo will be held going over each event, allowing attendees to learn more about the history of it all. To reserve your group for this, be sure to shoot them an email at griffinfarmspumpkinpatch.com.  

The main rodeo event will be held the evenings of April 26th and April 27th. With gates opening at 5 p.m., mutton bustin’ at 6:30 p.m., and the rodeo at 7:30 p.m., it’s set to be a whole hoot and a half of fun. Guests can join in the excitement of the rodeo, featuring events such as bareback riding, saddle and ranch bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and the adrenaline-pumping bull riding. 

Tickets are priced at $15 per person, with children aged 2 and under admitted free of charge. Vendors and food trucks will be there as well, so bring your appetites. For more information and updates, visit www.griffinfarmal.com or give them a call (205) 535-0137. 

Set yet again to boost local commerce in a major way, Griffin Farms will surely continue to be a business powerhouse in Bibb County for years to come. So saddle up, grab your boots, and head on over to Griffin Farms for a weekend filled with fun, excitement, and a taste of the Wild West that you won’t soon forget!