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Families don’t have to look far to find autumn celebrations

By Maura Wery

With cooler air and falling leaves ushering in the autumn season, families don’t have to look far to enjoy a festival celebrating all the great things the season has to offer.

From hayrides to laser tag, these local farms have wide array of activities that both children and adults can take part in for the month of October.



1000 S. Scenic Road, Manhattan

(785) 539-1901

Open: Sept. 28-Oct. 31

Hours: Friday 3-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Open weekdays: Oct. 7, 14, 18, 24-25 and 28-31.

Admission: $8, three years of age and under free


Owner Angela Britts said that her family’s farm has been an institution in Manhattan for 70 years and they have been welcoming families to their fall fun zone since 2007.The fun zone features many different attractions that the whole family can enjoy. Britts said that the $8 admission will get families all access to a tube slide, seesaw, potato cannon, hayride, petting zoo, their corn maze and a pumpkin from their own patch.


The family will also have concessions for those needing a bite to eat after the festivities. There are also vignettes where families can pose and have their photos taken.


For Halloween, Britt said that they will have a scary maze that opens Oct. 19 and will then been open again Oct. 25 and 26. She recommends that only children 12 and older go into the scary maze.

Inside the grocery, families can purchase honey created on the family’s farm, homemade jellies, apple butters and other produce.Most of all, the Britts just want families to come out and enjoy the fun zone they have created for the fall.


“We really just want to make sure everyone can enjoy it,” Britts said.




Liberty Hall Road, Junction City

(785) 226-2431

Open: Oct. 1-31

Hours: 1:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, special groups weekdays by appointment only

Admission: $6 for children, $8 for adults


This farm, known for its award-winning beef products, is located right outside of Junction City. For the admission price, families will get a horse-drawn carriage ride out to the farm’s pumpkin patch, one pumpkin of their choice and then a ride back to the bonfire pit where s’mores and refreshment are enjoyed.


There is a corn maze on the property for an additional $2.


The farm can also schedule school groups and daycares on weekdays.


The farm welcomes several hundred guests every weekend the patch is open. Employees estimate that they have seen over a thousand patrons have come out so far.




2103 Zeandale Road, Manhattan

(785) 844-0274

Open: Oct. 1-31

Hours: Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday Noon-10 p.m. Weekdays by appointment only

Admission: $6


Lazy T Ranch may feature the biggest array of activities for families. For the $6 admission, families can wander the 700-acre ranch and take part in things like a haunted hayrack ride, laser tag, pony rides, duck races, a corn bin, zip lines, petting zoos, a bouncy house, playgrounds and more.


Those wishing to play laser tag will have to pay an additional $5.





29583 Low Water North Road, Alma

(785) 458-2868

Open: Oct. 1-27

Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.

Admission: Children $5, adults and children under three, free


Owner Cori Meseke said that her family’s pumpkin patch is something different for families to come out to see.


The farm features a barn where children roll and play in the hay, a petting zoo, tree house, tube slide, barrel train, zip line, sling shots, firepit, concessions and a hay bale maze. The most interesting part of the farm is where the actual patch is located.


“It’s a pretty unique setup,” Meseke said. “The patch is located in the forest. It’s not in a large field.”


Meseke said that, so far, her patch has received a pretty good number of people. She has 1,300 school kids booked for the next week and estimates that around 1,000 people come out each weekend.


She doesn’t want folks from Manhattan to be intimidated by the location.


“We are located right off the Alma/Wamego exit,” Meseke said. “It’s very deceiving from the road.”

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