It’s no mystery that the Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove has a reputation for bringing on fall thrills for all ages. It’s a labor of love for this family farm co-owned by George and Wendy Richardson, Robert and Carol Richardson, and Ryan and Kristen Richardson.
The farm’s fall caper is open every Thursday through Sunday from Sept. 10 to Oct. 30. It’s also open on Columbus Day, Oct. 10.
Hunt down checkpoints throughout the 28-acre corn maze this year and search for the many iconic faces of James Bond, “007.” Choose as little or as much of the maze you can do.
“Even though the maze is huge, there are no dead ends, so it’s easy to get in and out, and we have never lost anyone yet,” says co-owner Ryan Richardson.
Are you a night owl? Join the “Maze ‘til Midnight” on Sept. 10, Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 to navigate the maze by moonlight.
Admission to this year’s fall festival includes entrance into Richardson’s Sunflower Maze. “Be sure to come early in the season, as the sunflowers might not last through October,” says co-owner Robert Richardson.
Ride on the Richardson Railroad, take a spin around the carousel, race family or friends down a slide or around the Pedal Cart track. Cheer for a victor at the pig races. Relax in one of the picnic areas with campfires. Join in or watch guests as they sail down the 700-foot zip line.
The Cornfield Concessions is open daily with many farm favorites. On weekends, food trucks provide everything from poutine to wood-fired pizza and barbeque favorites.
The over-21 crowd can stop by the newly expanded Beer Garden to enjoy a glass of the new Richardson draft beer or sip a glass of wine. Live music is provided by local Illinois and Wisconsin bands on the weekends.
On Oct. 16, All Community Events holds its popular 5K, billed as The World’s Largest Corn Maze Run.
Of course, there are pumpkins galore at Richardson’s, too. Visit the pumpkin fields or check out the display inside the entrance to choose your perfect pumpkin.
Visit richardsonfarm.com for more.
Richardson Adventure Farm is located at 909 English Prairie Road, in Spring Grove, (815) 675-9729.