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It’s Pumpkin Patch Time in the Ozarks

With fall just beginning in the Ozarks, local pumpkin patch fields and corn mazes are now open, and busier than ever. One local pumpkin patch, Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, is offering some new events for families this year, along with many of its regular activities. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark takes a look at how the farm is celebrating this autumn season.

The Rutledge Wilson Farm Park, located on the west side of Springfield, offers a corn maze, a large pumpkin patch and hayrides every year. However, Nick Breithaupt works as the coordinator for the farm park and says this year it will offer other events for families to look forward to.

“We also have a different event every single weekend, where we’ll bring in either farming demonstrations, or a lawn-tractor pull, or we’ll have inflatables for kids, or pony rides—all sorts things going on. So depending on the weekend, you’re going to see lots of extra activities going on at the farm.”

Some of those events include a “fun-and-games” weekend, and a weekend devoted to giving visitors a haunted trail ride.

“Probably our big event is coming up October 15thand 16th, that’s our Bluegrass and BBQ event, where we’re actually having a lawn-tractor pull, which is free to come out and watch. But like I said, we’ll continue to the end of the month, every weekend, with our maze and pumpkin patch, and we’ll always have hayrides as well.”

The 207-acre farm park was created by the city’s Parks Department, and houses an animal barn, visitor's center and gift shop, and milking barn.

“We are city owned, and we are non-for-profit. It’s a great place to come out, we’re open Tuesday-Sunday year round, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so even if it’s not the fall season, you can always come out and see animals, see the grounds, see some crops and gardens, and really just have fun.”

For more information about Rutledge Farms you can visit KSMU.org.

For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark

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