This adventure started in 2010 when a friend suggested to her friend that
she use my horse barn for her wedding in my barn loft. Needless to say the loft was a mess with
hay bales everywhere and remnants of paint ball fights all over, if you look close at the walls,
you will see paint splatters. There was no easy access to the loft so a set of stairs with railing
had to be built before the wedding could take place. The cleaning was complete and the wedding
took place. What an exciting day to have a wedding in the horse barn.
After that day everything went back to normal and then BOOM. About a year later, another friend
(an event planner) asked if I had thought about having events at the barn, mainly weddings, which
started the wheels turning. I turned a horse stall grooming area into the bar, the main tack room into the bridal room and another room into the groom’s room. I knew I had to have somewhere outside to
entertain, so I turned the farm equipment storage shed into the patio.
We had an open house on March 29, 2012, which brought many vendors to tour this new unique venue.
We booked our first wedding reception for August 2012 and had our first official wedding take place on June 30, 2012.
Several events and weddings were held that first year of 2012. I wasn’t sure what 2013 would be like
but with the only advertising I could afford was the free advertising, word of mouth, which is the best kind of advertising, booking of events took off at Millikan Farms.
If you have ever been in a barn in the dead of winter or the heat of the summer you know what has to
be done. You are correct, I had to have heating and air conditioning installed. The covered outdoor patio
stays cool in the summer with the ceiling fans and the breeze coming off of the lake.
When 2014 arrived and the year was booked with events, weddings and photo shoots, I knew
Millikan Farms was here to stay.