Pumpkins, country music, and pork rinds – Oh My! If you haven’t heard of Rutledge-Wilson Farm then I am not sure if you can call yourself a Springfieldian. It’s a beautiful parcel located in the Southwest corner of Springfield, Mo a mere 20 minutes from anywhere in town. For the past couple of years, they have put on fun fall fests featuring games, activities, pony and hay rides for adults and children alike, and this year is no exception.
While there is no admission to enter the park and there are a few free activities, it may be best to bring some cash so you can enjoy the food and buy tickets for other endeavors such as wandering through the corn maze, picking pumpkins or enjoying the bouncy houses and obstacle courses littered throughout the farm. If you have a child two years and under, they can enjoy most of the activities for free (so long as an adult accompanies them).
This year was busier than last year, a familial source admitted, and they even had a dancing cow hanging out by the corn maze. Children either loved said cow or were terrified of it. Either way, the cow had some pretty groovy dance moves.
The point is: if you haven’t had a chance to go yet, I would highly recommend it because there is a lot of things your littles can do which tuckers them out…and all parents know if your child is tuckered out, they sleep early and through the whole night. Double win for mommy and daddy!
At night on Fridays and Saturdays they feature a Haunted Trail, no doubt to honor the Halloween holiday approaching, where people get the chance to explore an eerie thicket whereby they may find themselves face-to-face with ghastly characters. This includes a hay ride to the woods, and is good family fun! But you may want to visit soon because this Harvest Fest ends the 27th of October.
Available Activities At the Rutledge Farm Harvest Fest
- Corn Cannon – Shoot an ear of corn through the cannon at a target;
- Corn Maze- Get lost in the 10-acre corn maze;
- Hay Maze- It’s like the corn maze, but for littles;
- Pumpkin Patch- Pick your own pumpkin (prices based on weight);
- Cow Train- Kids and adults ride the one-of-a-kind Cow Train through the park;
- Hay Rides- Tour the park with your family on the tractor-drawn hay ride;
- Bouncy Houses, Slides and Obstacle Courses- Jump and play in the inflatables;
- Pony Rides- Saturdays only, the Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center brings ponies for children to ride;
- Food, arts and crafts and face painting;
Special tip: if you are going to go, my suggestion is to go early so you can avoid the lines.
All-in-all the fest was a hit. The Halloween decorations were up, the smell of BBQ was in the air and, if I am in town before the 27th, I wouldn’t mind going again. It’s a great way to get my city-slicker daughter into her cowgirl boots and breathing in that fresh air.
If you are interested in finding out more, you can check out their FaceBook page. Maybe I will see you there!