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A day at the pumpkin patch

Jaelyn Hensel, 6, of Park Rapids went whooshing down a slide. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

By Sarah Smith / Enterprise

The wickedly clever attractions at Carter’s Red Wagon Farm west of Park Rapids are the brainchild of Tony and Linda Carter. Each year another attraction joins the festivities and games. This year featured Hobbits and Gandalf in the woods, at left. A screeching owl comes flying down out of the trees ala Harry Potter. The corn maze amazes. The tribute to Itasca State Park even has a lookout post in the middle of the maze where you can catch your breath or find where you went off the beaten path. Live entertainment and a scarecrow band were additional features this year. Weather has kept crowds down, however. The first three weekends the attraction was open it rained. Last weekend was sunny and brisk. 

Morgan Loughlin, 2, of Minneapolis, lands in a pile of corn after sliding down a plastic slide. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise).Kids left the patch with corn in every crevice of their clothing and likely their underwear.Dominick Bretz, 2, of Park Rapids, also enjoyed a slide, this time with his babysitter under a covered wagon.

 Dominick took some convincing to leave the slide for other attractions.

Gandalf was found lurking in the woods.

Gandalf was joined by Hobbits and a bear, chasing each other around the corn maze.

 Clara Buchner, 9, Smoky Hills State Forest, jumps a hay maze.

The hay maze is one of two on the farm.

 Elle Wille, 4, of Bemidji, struggles to guide her pumpkin boat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the scarecrow band struck up a note. Some attractions were moved into enclosed structures to ward against rain and sleet.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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