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Blooms & Berries Celebrates Fall

Wilde 3 Farm

Blooms & Berries Farm Market’s “Fall on the Farm” has several different autumnal activities.

Katana Wilde

K. Wilde

Located on Ohio 48 in Loveland, the farm has become a local destination for families hoping to enjoy the season. The site including a seven-acre corn maze, hayrides, barnyard animals, pumpkins, a hay maze, a three-acre sunflower maze, homemade apple cider, and homemade caramel apples.

The Farm is opened from April through October. Fall on the Farm runs from mid-September all the way through October. The Farm is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Admission to the farm is a dollar.

Jeff Probst, Blooms & Berries owner, says that preparing for Fall on the Farm “starts a year out because we analyze everything we do, it’s all planning.”

“Two or three months out we’re making final orders for inventory,” he said. Those final orders are made in either late July or early August.  INSIDE: More to do this fall.

The farm’s daily traffic can range from 500 to 2,000 visitors, some people coming from over 45 minutes away. Most of the customers are either families or couples on dates.Wilde 2 Farm

Probst also stated that their biggest attraction is “by far the hayride,” followed by the corn maze, and then the other traditional farm activities, “such as our 3 acre sunflower field”.

The farm has been in Probst’s family since 1939. Probst says that he “started working in this industry as a way for me to plan what I wanted to do and pay for college.

“The farm was already in the family, and my Dad did the same thing,” he said.

After he finished college, Probst decided that working on the farm was what he wanted to do.

When asked what his favorite part of Fall on the Farm was, Probst said that “It’s hard to pick a favorite part, this is what I chose to do with my life. I love it. I really enjoy the seasonality of it, though. Since it only runs for about six weeks.”

On a recent visit with her family, Fall on the Farm customer Tina Harvey said, “My kids’ favorite part is definitely the barnyard animals. They could stare at them for hours.”

“We came here last year, and we all fell in love with it. So we came back this year. My kids look forward to coming here every year now. It’s become a tradition for our family.”

More information on Blooms & Berries.

More to do this fall

by Carly Stelmack

Are you thinking of going to some fall festivals this year? Or how about a haunted house? Well Cincinnati has it all.

stelmack- halloween hauntIf you like haunted houses and are looking for something nearby you could try Halloween Haunt at Kings Island. Halloween Haunt features 11 mazes and 4 scare zones. With tickets as low as $26.99 you can enjoy haunted houses and mazes as well as thrill rides.

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/haunt/rides-attractions

Dentschoolhouse

Cincinnati also offers many other haunted houses, like, The Dent Schoolhouse, which is opened weekends through November 2nd. The story behind the dent schoolhouse is in 1942 students were taunting the janitor and their bodies were found in the basement. It became a haunted house about 20 years ago and is rated one of the scariest in the nation.There are 6 different ticket options, so everyone can find what’s best for them. Regular Admission is $20. The Dent schoolhouse is located right on Harrison Ave.

http://www.frightsite.com/cincinnati/index.html#/tickets

Another haunted house in the area is USS Nightmare, located in Newport, Kentucky on the Ohio River. The new tour for 2013 is over 30 minutes and features more than 40 areas. USS Nightmare is different than most haunted houses because it takes place on a real steamboat. With tickets as low as $18 and up to $22 for the RIP admission.

http://www.ussnightmare.com/

If you are willing to travel some, there is a scream park in Middletown, Ohio called Land of Illusion. Your ticket gets you unlimited access to 5 different attractions. New for 2013 you can even play zombie paintball. On Friday and Saturday nights tickets are $34.99 and $24.99 on Sunday nights. The Zombie Sniper Patrol tickets are sold separately for $12.99 per ride.

http://www.landofillusion.com/

If you have young children there are many things for you as well. The Cincinnati Zoo offers HallZOOween all weekends in October. Kids can enjoy trick-or-treat stations, special animal encounters, and train rides all free with zoo admission.

http://cincinnatizoo.org/events/hallzooween/

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