The Delaplane Strawberry Festival offers two full days of family-oriented fun in Northern Virginia each year over the Memorial Day weekend. Activities include live entertainment, children's games, pony rides and hayrides, a petting zoo, a 5K fun run, a raptor exhibit, antique cars and lots of food and crafts. Fresh restaurant-grade flats and pints of strawberries are for sale to enjoy on-site or take home. The Delaplane Strawberry Festival is held at Sky Meadows State Park, a beautiful and historic site which is right on the Appalachian Trail, so hiking enthusiasts can enjoy some music, hayrides, and funnel cake with strawberries before they jump onto the trail for an afternoon hike.
Dates and Times: May 24-25, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Lane
The park is located about an hour west of Washington, DC, just off of I-66.
$20 per car in advance and $25 per car at the gate. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.delaplanestrawberryfestival.com
Ahh you're in Syracuse too...
I ride horses in the area...just google local horse farm that teach lessons and take a few...depending on how quickly you pick it up you could check that item off your list in a month or so.
As for the other stuff...hmm. Sometime you can milk cows at the State Fair. AND I rode an elephant at the Renaissance Festival out in Sterling a long time ago. They might still do it.