MENOMONIE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Fall is in the air and with that comes activities on the farm like pumpkin patches, apple picking, and corn mazes.
As a Menomonie farm prepares for its annual fall events, extra safety measures are in place to keep people safe amidst the pandemic. First News at Nine’s Carla Rogner reports.
It’s fall on Govin’s Farm, and the pumpkins are waiting to be picked.
John Govin, Govin’s Farm Co-Owner said, “We have tried to keep things as normal as possible at the farm.”
John Govin, who owns the farm with his wife Julie, says preparing for the Annual Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is a bit different this year.
“We have done a few things to add to social distancing heightened our cleanliness policies,” said Govin.
Fall favorites still available, but with a twist.
“Wagon rides will still be offered. If you have been out here before you know everyone faced the middle but now you will face the outside, we have reversed things,” said Govin.
“We will social distance in the cafeteria as much as possible, the admissions building is outside this year so people will be able to spread out a bit more. The only thing we have eliminated are pig races and I am sure that will disappoint a few people but it was a place people congregated quite a bit so we decided not to do it this year,” said Govin.
Govin says after a long summer he is excited to finally welcome people back to the farm.
“We weren’t able to open this spring, and our spring event is actually our largest event and we were not able to open, so fall attendance is going to mean a whole lot to us because we really need it,” said Govin.
Govin said, “The theme of the maze this year is proud to farm.
This Is a tribute to the difficult summer faced by Govin and other farmers.
“Hog farmers had lost market, corn prices were depressed, markets were going down, dairy farmers had to reduce production for a few months while all of these things worked their way out, and we just thought it would be a good time to bring attention to how hard farmers work,” said Govin.
Fall favorites on the farm continue.
In Menomonie Carla Rogner, First News at Nine.