For Immediate Release
Harvest Fest Kicks Off Six Weeks of Fall Activities
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 barn and silo.
Harvest Fest runs 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 & Noon – 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26. Free activities include: farm demonstrations, sheep shearing, horseshoeing, dog herding, and performances by Stars N’ Steeds Drill Team. Paid activities include: make-your-own scarecrow for $10; hay rides for $3; face painting, $1-$3; pony rides for $3; kids crafts for $1; and pumpkin decorating for $1.
Wires and Wood Bluegrass Band will perform from 5 – 8 p.m., Saturday. Missouri Mountain Gang Band will perform from 5 – 8 p.m., Sunday. The corn maze kicks off its season by opening until 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday during Harvest Fest.
This is the Farm’s third year for a corn maze, which runs through Saturday, Oct. 31. Hours are: Fridays, 5 – 9 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, Noon – 9 p.m. There are two levels of difficulty – youth/adult and toddler/parent, both with separate non-connecting entrances and exits.
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.
Fall Items for Purchase
A pick-your-own pumpkin patch is available during the same times as the maze. Pumpkins are $4.50 each, large pumpkins are $8. Other items available, while supplies last, include: mums for $7; cornstalk bundles for $3; straw bales for $5 each. Hayrides with Clydesdale horses are available every Friday – Sunday during the month of October for $3 (age 5 and older).
Themed Farm Park weekends include:
- Oct. 2 & 3: Fun & Games (various inflatables, rock climbing wall, etc.)
- Oct. 9 & 10: Apple Extravaganza (apples, apple products and vendors)
- Oct. 16 & 17: Bluegrass & BBQ (music and bar-b-que for sale)
- Oct. 23 & 24: Maize Days (grilled corn, kettle corn, corn crafts)
- Oct. 30 & 31 Scare Fest (haunted maze)
For more information, call the Farm Park at 417-837-5949 or download a brochure about the events (pdf).
For more information, media contact: Amy Dooley, Farm Park Coordinator, 417-837-5944; or Bob Nelson, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-2176.