September 18, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Farm Park Kicks Off Fall Events

The Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146, kicks-off the fall season with unique events and activities, including a 10-acre corn maze shaped into a scarecrow.

Harvest Fest runs 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 & Noon – 9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27. The following activities are planned: Booths and crafts; make-your-own scarecrow; gardening and harvesting programs; farm demonstrations; best dressed farmer, largest produce, Mr. Potato Head, and most unusual produce contests. Live bluegrass music by Lost Hill and Southwynns is also scheduled. Hayrides with Clydesdale horses also are available for $3 (age 5 and older).

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This is the Farm’s second year for a corn maze, which also will open the same weekend and runs through Saturday, Oct. 31. The 10-acre corn maze was designed into the shape of a scarecrow and offers two levels of difficulty, youth/adult and toddler/parent, both with separate non-connecting entrances and exits.

After Harvest Fest weekend, the corn maze will then be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October. Hours are: Fridays, 5 – 10 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, Noon – 10 p.m. (last entrances at 9 p.m. each night).

Admission to the maze is $5, 12 years and older; $3.50, 5 – 11 years of age; free for kids under 5 years of age. The maze is available to groups from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Friday. Groups should call (417) 837-5945 for times and cost.

A pick-your-own pumpkin patch is available during the same times as the maze. Pumpkins are $4 each. Hayrides with Clydesdale horses are available every Friday – Sunday during the month of October for $3 (age 5 and older).

The Farm Park also will feature a “Little Farmers – Color Me Green” four-week session through the month of October. The program is for parents and children ages four and five, and lasts one hour. The program offers ways to keep the world around us healthy and beautiful through games, crafts, activities and includes interaction with animals. The session runs 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. – noon, Oct. 10, 17, 24, and 31. Call (417) 837-5945 for more information or to sign-up. Visit the Farm Park’s Web site at http://bit.ly/9Jnlv or www.parkboard.org.

Media Only
For more information, media contact: Amy Dooley, Farm Park Coordinator, (417) 837-5944; or Bob Nelson, Public Information Administrator, (417) 874-2176 or (417) 839-2005.