Archive for Thursday, September 8, 2005

Establishing a fall tradition

Area resident plans to open pumpkin farm

September 8, 2005

It was while visiting a pumpkin farm in Lawrence that Leavenworth County resident Jim Kerby came up with a golden idea for 10 acres of his farmland on County Road 2: start his own venture for the fall season.

"We attended several of them when my grandson was small," Kerby said. "I just thought the location here was good. Really, I just saw how much fun the kids were having, and that's really what it's all about."

Later this month, area residents and their families will have an opportunity to visit Kerby Farm, 15943 158th St., which is three miles south of Basehor and also three miles west of Bonner Springs.

The farm, which will be available for visits Sept. 23 through Oct. 31, will offer area families a chance to stroll through a corn maze and pick out their own pumpkins for Halloween. A jaunt through the corn maze will cost $1 and pumpkins will cost anywhere from $3 to $7.

Another feature of Kerby Farm will be a "pumpkin chuckin'" as Kerby calls it, which entails launching small pumpkins via a slingshot.

The farm will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, he said.

"It'll be an inexpensive way for families to get out and experience something new," Kerby said.

He added, "We intend to be here every year, kind of in the fall festival tradition."

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