Fall family fun: Country Lane Tree Farm

Chris Galford

It’s not every day one can claim the opportunity to fire a corn cannon, but at Country Lane Tree Farm kids will have that opportunity every weekend this month, leading up to Halloween.

That’s not all the family farm is going to be up to, of course. Being a fully functional farm, Country Lane offers the opportunity to milk a real cow, hold baby ducks, chicks and bunnies, feed the larger animals, take barrel train rides and wander through a straw maze. Anyone that wanders the maze and is able to pick out the number of witches, pumpkins and scarecrows inside could also win a free popcorn.

For older and braver guests, it will also be offering a haunted hay ride on Oct. 17, 24 and 31 specifically.

It’s a hodgepodge of activities that came about with the introduction of what Melissa Bowlander calls the agri-entertainment portions of their family’s business.

“My husband is fifth generation at the farm, so that makes our children sixth generation. It was started in 1863 by his grandparents and great-grandparents that came over from Germany. And we started the agri-educational, agri-entertainment portion a little over 24 years ago,” Melissa said.

The agri-education side of things, by the way, includes a barn littered with implements of old school farming and tours around the farm itself.

Family hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6 p.m., though final admission is at 5 p.m., to give families enough time to participate in the activities.

Show your support for local businesses! Call Melissa Bowlander at 419-461-1298 or visit Country Lane Tree Farm at 3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa, OH.

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