Blessington Farms and Farm Funland
Policies and Code of Conduct
Blessington Farms (“Farm”) including the Farm Funland (”FFL”) is a Agritourism entity providing Agritourism activities as set out under Chapter 75A of Texas Law. Our facility is family friendly and, therefore we expect Guests to behave appropriately. Unruly, disruptive or offensive behavior is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Violating our Farm policies may be cause for ejection from the Farm without refund. For more information, please review the Farm policies below.
RISKS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Farm and its employees are not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen items. It is the guest’s responsibility to protect their personal property while at the Farm. Guests are expected to exercise good judgment and act in a responsible manner. There are inherent risks in the participation in or on any ride, device, use of the lake or other attractions. Rides, devices and attractions may be stressful and may shock, surprise, thrill, or inspire our guest. Guests are of different capabilities, limitations, and health, and when participating on a ride, device, or attraction should not engage beyond their capabilities, limitations, or health. Guests must also obey all oral and written warnings and properly use all ride safety equipment provided. Guests who do not comply with ride rules may be ejected from the Farm without refund. Parents of young children are responsible for assessing risks and must accompany their children throughout the Farm and accompany the children throughout the Farm. Parents of young children are responsible for assessing risks and must accompany their children throughout the Farm and accompany the children throughout the Farm. Please refer to specific guidelines posted at the entrance of every ride. Parents of young children are responsible for assessing risks and must accompany their children throughout the Farm and accompany the children throughout the Farm.
FARM FUN LAND GENERAL ADMISSION
Entrance into FFL requires purchasing a designated wristband at the gate or an online ticket (collectively “Ticket”). Tickets are required for all persons older than eighteen (18) months. Online Guests will be issued wristbands upon verification of their purchase. Wristbands must be worn throughout the day. Any person not in possession of a wristband, will be required to purchase a Ticket or leave FFL immediately. Children under the age of fourteen (14) must be accompanied by adult. Active military service verification at the gate is required for men and women currently serving our Armed Forces for special consideration given them and/or their immediate family members
BIRTHDAY, FIELD TRIP AND EVENT DEPOSIT REFUNDS
In the event the Farm is forced to close due to inclement weather prior to the event date, deposits will be refunded in full. Should inclement weather occur during the day of the event requires FFL’s closure, the Farm, at its sole discretion, may refund a portion of the deposit.
Subject to the Farm receiving a written (email) notice one week prior to the event date, reservation cancellation is allowed and the Customer is entitled to receive a full refund.
Should inclement weather occur during the day of the event requires FFL’s closure, the Farm, at its sole discretion, may issue complementary rain check cards. Guests must present their complementary rain check card in order to take advantage of this offer.
From time to time, factors outside our control, such as but not limited to standing water, mechanical breakdown, employee absences, etc., may require us to shut down various activities. In many instances and at Blessington Farms' sole discretion, the determination to do so may be made before or during the day the park is open.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, SMOKING AND ILLICIT DRUGS
No alcoholic beverages, tobacco nor illegal drugs can be brought into Farm. Smoking and drunken and drug induced behavior is cause for ejection from the Farm without refund.
Additionally, vapor and electronic cigarettes are prohibited from being used on the premises.
Guests are expected to behave in a family-friendly manner. Do not sit or stand on fences or railings. Line-jumping, profanity and unruly behavior are offensive to Farm Guests and may be cause for ejection without refund. Guests are not permitted to save places in line, bypass others in line, or exit the line and return to the same place for any reason. Guests exiting a line must go to the back of the line if they decide to return.
In keeping with our family-friendly environment and for safety reasons, Farm enforces a dress code. Proper and unrevealing attire must be worn in the Farm at all times, including shirts, dresses and appropriate footwear. Going shirtless and clothing or tattoos with offensive language or graphics are not permitted at any time. Examples of clothing not permitted are those which display:
- Graphic Violence
- Support of drugs or drug use
- Gang symbols
- Promoting discrimination against any group
An image of an assault rifle or hand gun does not, by itself, rise to the level of graphic violence. Farm admission may be denied if clothing or tattoos are deemed to be inappropriate by management and the Guest refuses all reasonable options. Shirts cannot be turned inside out as a solution.
FOOD, DRINKS, COOLERS & PICNIC TABLES
Food, beverages or coolers may be brought into the Farm. The Farm provides picnic tables for guest use except those picnic tables designated as “RESERVED”. Barbecuing and/or grilling is not permitted anywhere on the Farm property.
During the days that our strawberries are available for picking to the general public, the strawberry pads open at 10:00 AM and will close at either 12:00 PM or at an earlier time when the berries have been picked-out. Due to various factors, including a first come, first served policy, we cannot foresee whether our supply of fruit will meet our customers’ demand during this time period. It is highly recommended that customer comes when we first open at 10:00 AM.
The Farm produces certain fruits for the purpose of allowing its customers to physically pick their own berries straight off the vine. Typically, the Farm has strawberries available between the end of November until the beginning of July, blueberries from May until the end of June and blackberries from June until July. Customers pay according to the volume picked. At the Farms’ sole discretion in determining berry availability, daily berry picking shall conclude at said determination time. It is the Farm’s hope to keep its customers aware of immediate berry availability via real time website announcements and phone voice messages. Customers are responsible for going online or calling the Farm to see what the berry picking status is. Customers are required to only use baskets that are supplied by the Farm to gather fruit. Please do not bring unauthorized baskets to the berry fields. Baskets initially costs $1.50 and may be reused during any produce season and any year. Returning customers must bring their baskets back otherwise it will require them to purchase another basket.
Before entering into our fields, every person MUST sanitize their hands. Under no circumstances are customers permitted to eat our fruit in the field or before the produce has been paid for. Please help us protect the plants and the hydroponic stacker units. Intentional harm to either is consider property damage wherein full financial recovery will be required and, subsequently, the perpetrator’s immediate, nonrefundable expulsion from the Farm.
The Farm reserves the right to inspect all packages, purses, backpacks and fanny packs prior to entering the Farm. Weapons and illegal contraband are not permitted into the Farm. We recommend that you secure such items in the trunk of your vehicle.
Guests using profanity or abusive language, symbols or gestures may be ejected from the Farm without refund.
FARM POLICY COMPLIANCE
In addition to the Farm Guest Code of Conduct, Guests are required to comply with all local, state and federal laws, as well as individual Farm policies, rules and instructions posted or otherwise listed.
Animals are not allowed in the Farm, with the exception of service animals used by the hearing and visually impaired. The Farm does not provide kennel services. For the health and safety of your pet, do not leave it in your car for any length of time while visiting the Farm.
In addition to all items previously mentioned, the following items are not permitted at the Farm, at any time:
- Spray paint and aerosol cans
- Spiked clothing or jewelry
- Wallet chains and large jewelry
- Fireworks and explosives
- Firearms and ammunition
- Chemical weapons, including mace and pepper spray
- Barbeques or grills
- Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)
By entering the Farm, Guests grant Farm the right to film, video, record or photograph them on Farm property for any reason without payment or consideration. Farm requests that all photographs or video taken by our Guests be used for their personal use and enjoyment only. Any use, reuse or reproduction for commercial purposes without the express written consent of Farm is strictly prohibited. Farm reserves the right to refuse to allow photography of any kind as necessary at individual locations. Unless permitted by the Farm, no commercial photography of any kind is permitted.
All Farm rides and attractions are protected by copyright. Guests must have written permission to use photographs and/or videotape of Farm images for commercial broadcasting, advertising, marketing or publishing in any medium.
Guests must present their daily wrist bands to gain entrance to the FFL. FFL entry is only valid for one day. Guests with appropriate wrist bands may leave the Farm and return on the day they purchased their wristband. Transferring wrist bands is a violation of Farm policies and is strictly prohibited. Violators will be refused entry to FFL.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK AND PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
Guests (such as Parent(s), Legal Guardian(s), teachers, sponsors, administrators, coordinators, etc.) acknowledge and fully understand that 1) participation in the Farm’s Agritourism activities is subject to Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Title 4. Liability In Tort, Chapter 75A. Limited Liability For Agritourism Activities (see http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/CP/pdf/CP.75A.pdf), 2) adults with children have the ultimate and sole responsibility relative to the child’s safety and 3) there are inherent risks of injury or harm associated with the Farm’s activities and critters.
The Farm’s activities and exposure may include but are not limited to a body of water, climbing, riding equipment, handling animals, running, bouncing, moving vehicles, reptiles, insects, rodents, and other camp structures, and other activities associated with the Farm experience. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to: encountering natural dangers or injuries such as falling, being bitten by critters such as animals, insects or snakes, irregular or uneven ground, unseen and unmarked objects, drowning or serious injury in and around water, water impurities and the like.
Inherent risks also include acts or omissions of other Guests, sunburn, rain or hail storms, tornadoes and the like, contact with plants, animals or insects, the risk of Guests engaging in unauthorized activities, Guests’ own acts and omissions, the administration and availability of first aid and emergency treatment and consumption of food or drink by Guest. Guests further acknowledge that there may be other sources of risk that are not listed but nevertheless agree that such risks exist even if they are not specifically identified in this document.
GUEST WAIVER OF RIGHTS AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
Guests hereby release, waive and discharge the Farm, its agents, employees, contractors and volunteers (“Staff”) from all loss damage, injury, or liability arising in connection the Farm including all Farm activities, use of Farm facilities and equipment. This waiver extends to, but is not limited to those risks described in ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK above, providing, however, that this waiver and release does not include loss, damage, injury, or liability, caused by the intentional or reckless acts of the Farm and/or its Staff.
INDEMNIFICATION AND HOLD HARMLESS
Guests further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Farm and its Staff from and against all losses, damages, monetary awards and expenses, including all costs and attorney’s fees incurred by the indemnified parties in connection with any and all claims asserted against the Farm and its Staff brought by Guests, and their respective heirs successors, assigns and legal representatives for any injury, illness, disease death, or damage to or loss of property, arising in connection with the Farm. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this indemnification and hold harmless does not extend to losses, damages, monetary awards and expenses caused by the intentional or reckless acts of the Farm and its Staff.
THE FARM EXPRESSLY RESERVES THE RIGHT, AT ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, TO TAKE WHATEVER ACTION DEEMED NECESSARY TO CORRECT ANY SITUATION IN VIOLATION OF THE ABOVE RULES OR THAT REPRESENTS A THREAT TO OR BREACH OF SAFETY, SECURITY, NORMAL PARK OPERATION OR THE ENJOYMENT OF GUESTS.
UNDER TEXAS LAW (CHAPTER 75A, CIVIL PRACTICE AND REMEDIES CODE), AN AGRITOURISM ENTITY IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INJURY TO OR DEATH OF AN AGRITOURISM PARTICIPANT RESULTING FROM AN AGRITOURISM ACTIVITY.