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Ranch to host festival

By The Mercury

Visitors can get a taste of farm life at the Fall Festival on the Farm planned for the next five weekends at the Lazy T Ranch near Manhattan.

The event starts tonight and continues through Saturday and Sunday and the following weekends through October 27, according Ron Wilson, host for the fun and educational activities, along with his wife, Chris, and their four children.

Friday festivities each week are from 6 to 10 p.m. The ranch will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays. On Sunday, the gate opens at noon, and there will be activities until 5 p.m., when it’s time to milk the cows.

Originally homesteaded in 1855, the family ranch, complete with stone barn that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 2103 Zeandale Road, just 2 miles east of U.S. Highway 177 on Highway 18.

There ranch has a pumpkin patch and there will also be a pumpkin train, as well as a Purple Powercat train for family rides all around the farm.

Then, visitors can go on a hayrack ride through the prairies and go on a pony ride, plus the chance to rope a genuine Longhorn steer head, play in the corn bin, climb a straw bale castle, jump in the bounce house, fire the hedge ball sling shot, mingle through the hay bale maze, drive toy tractors in the Future Farmers’ Field, and even play laser tag, or weave through a flashlight maze on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Cowboy Café will also offer food for the public.

In addition to the “Fall Festival on the Farm,” the Wilson family has a bed and breakfast and hosts educational and activities on their ranch throughout the year. Information is available at

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