The Kraay family is busy preparing the farm for lots of guests. They’re painting, building new play-structures, tuning up the hard-working grain train, setting a few thousand pumpkin plants – some to carve, some to eat, some to shoot out of a cannon. They’re settling all the animals in their summer homes and making a place where everyone can play.
It’s important to Rachel Kraay that the farm has activities for everybody. For example, the two jumping pillows are big enough and strong enough to take on your dad’s crazy egg-cracking game. And the farm has a third pillow this year – shaped like a ginormous pumpkin.
The farm has a new low ropes team-building course for any team you want to bring together – school classes, the office squad, your whole crazy family. The Kraay family farm is a popular place for reunions and corporate gatherings because you can arrange your own off-site catering – or rent a BBQ or pick a fire pit and bring your own hot dogs and s’mores.
Hand-made kettle corn and cotton candy
Or, best of all, let the Kraay’s farm kitchen cook the food for you. Besides their best-anywhere kettle corn and airy fresh-made cotton candy, you can chow down on farmer’s sausage, fries and deep-fried pickles. And no self-respecting carnival-foodie would go away without mini-donuts.
I’m going to take a moment here and list off basically every farm animal you can imagine: ducks and fluffy ducklings, turkeys, chickens, roosters, lambs, a donkey, a horse, rabbits and curly-tailed piggies. Come meet them all this summer on the farm.
Sincere enough for the Great Pumpkin
One last thing you’ll want to know, their pumpkin patch is so sincere the Great Pumpkin just has to rise up – I mean, it’s sincerity as far as the eye can see. And they’ll make it even easier for him to find us by growing a Peanuts-themed corn maze to celebrate the 50th birthday of Schultz’s beloved cartoon, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!. Then, if you get lost, just perch yourself, chin in hand and invoke the Zen of old Linus.
July 22 is opening day
You only have a few weeks to wait – the farm opens for the 2016 season on Friday, July 22. The Kraay Family Farm and Lacombe Corn Maze are located 25 minutes north of Red Deer on Hwy 2.