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Pumpkin parties: Carter's fall festival entertains

"This place is awesome. There's so much to do," said Chelsea Bjerke of Bemidji. She and her brother, Alex Holderbecker of West Fargo, brought their families to Carter's Red Wagon Farm fall festival and pumpkin party Saturday.

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Brooke Johnson, 5, of Bemidji paddles in a giant pumpkin boat, while her parents Troy and Tina Johnson observe.

"This place is awesome. There's so much to do," said Chelsea Bjerke of Bemidji. She and her brother, Alex Holderbecker of West Fargo, brought their families to Carter's Red Wagon Farm fall festival and pumpkin party Saturday.

They paused to take photos amidst a pleasant pumpkin and hay bale scene.

The fall festival continues every Saturday through October, plus this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Each year, the pumpkin festival incorporates a historical topic. In 2018, the 6.5-acre corn maze and interactive, themed-wagon ride focuses on Vikings.

"It took us an hour," reported Carol Allen of Cass Lake as they exited the Maze of Mirth, a mini-maze for those who are "directionally challenged" and don't dare attempt the grand, six-acre version. About 30 to 40 jokes and riddles guide visitors through the half-acre, straightforward maze.

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The Minnesota Grown Directory featured Carter's Red Wagon Farm corn maze as one of eight across the state for creating lasting memories.

Admission price includes an interactive, Viking-themed wagon ride, straw bale maze, 6.5-acre corn maze, giant pumpkin boats, barrel train, crow shoot, Nerf crossbow wars, pumpkin propeller and much more. Children 2 and under are free.

Group rates are available for 10 or more people, but arrangements must be made in advance.

A variety of concessions are available or pack a picnic lunch.

Hundreds of pumpkins, squash and gourds are available, along with Minnesota apples, jams, jellies, salsas and many other items in the general store.

Due to insurance limitations, alcohol, weapons, smoking and pets are prohibited on the grounds. Official service animals are allowed.

For more information, call 732-4979 or visit www.redwagonfarm.net or their Facebook page.

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Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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