BUTTE — The Reindeer Farm is gearing up for their annual three-week Fall Festival, beginning Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“It’s a really good time. The kids have a really fun time here,” Reindeer Farm owner Denise Hardy said.

There will be plenty of games and activities to keep the whole family busy. Numerous Fall Festival traditions will return to the farm this year, including a hay maze, pumpkin patch, pony rides, wagon rides, potato launchers, and the Spooky Walk through a haunted barn.

Hardy that her staff and family members clock in countless hours to prepare for the festival.

“We are a family farm so… we all chip in… All of our family is working it and it’s something we look forward to every year,” Hardy said.

Reindeer tours normally cost $11 for general admission throughout the year, but during the Fall Festival it’s included with the ticket.

The pumpkin patch is an opportunity for families take their children to open fields filled with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. They can purchase any pumpkin that strikes their fancy.

The hay maze and Spooky Walk are different each year. Hardy said that her husband designs the hay maze. She noted the Spooky Walk is family friendly.

“There’s no blood or gore, but it is kind of scary. Nothing jumps out at you, but things move and talk- and there’s spiders,” Hardy said with a laugh.

The festival runs each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hardy said people can expect the same attractions each weekend so no one needs to worry about missing out. The Carhartt Brothers will perform live music all three Saturdays.

She said the event turnout is very “weather driven.”

“If it’s nice weather, we expect it to be busy,” Hardy said.

Hardy recommended dressing for cold weather. She said it’s a good idea to bring hats, gloves and windbreakers.

She said it’s helpful to purchase tickets ahead of time online, so attendees can print out their tickets, scan them at gate and get right in. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate. Admission is $12.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit reindeerfarm.com

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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