The smell of cinnamon spice wafts through the air of local coffee shops, pumpkin patches dot the highways, and kids dream of the stashes of candy they will get once Halloween rolls around. It is undoubtedly fall now and the whole family is looking for a little fall fun.
From hayrides to corn mazes, YesterLand Farm has plenty of attractions to get the whole family smiling.
YesterLand Farm is owned and operated by Kama and Chuck Bozeman. Beginning in 1994, the Bozemans purchased 32 acres of land planting pine trees, and by 2000, the two had opened the Canton Christmas Tree Farm.
Starting with just a tent and a power generator, the two began adding attractions to their tree farm, such as a pumpkin patch and nostalgic rides. They also opened the farm to school trips. Soon they had expanded their farm far beyond what it once was and the Canton Tree Farm was no more.
In 2011, they became YesterLand Farm. The Bozemans have now dedicated themselves to working on the farm as a team with their whole family.
YesterLand Farm, located in Canton, is known for its family-friendly activities and rustic farm feeling. With over thirty different attractions, YesterLand Farm offers thrills for parents and children alike.
There are four different passes available for the guests. There is the Amazement Pass, which allows guest access to the farm attractions and the Amazement Park rides, being the most popular and also the newest. The Fall Festival during the day offers seasonal fun, starting with the pumpkins planted all over the farm.
Coming in different shapes, colors, and sizes, these pumpkins are a great souvenir, whether to carve for Halloween, or to make a pumpkin pie.
Guests can take a roller coaster ride through Fort Yesterland, a classic wooden fort, or hop aboard the Yesterland Express, meandering through the Yesterland farm grounds. The amusement park offers vintage rides featuring a classic Ferris Wheel ride.
A visit to YesterLand Farm would not be complete without visiting the many animals that live on the farm. Guests can visit the farm zoo to meet and interact with the various animals including the farm mascot, Lola the donkey.
After enjoying the attractions, guest can grab a bite to eat at the Hog Wild Grill and visit the Old-Fashioned Chuck Wagon soda stand for some lemonade or a sno-cone.
The farm also includes the Little ‘ol Long Cabin Gift Shop, a store filled with snacks and gifts to commemorate the time spent at the farm. The farm is open every weekend from September 19 until November 8.
The park hours are from 6 p.m. to 11 pm Fridays, Saturdays 10 am to 11 pm and Sundays from noon to 6 pm. There are also some special events during certain weekends to celebrate the community, such as Scouting Weekend September 26 and 27 and Creepy Hollow Carnival on October 31.
Another key importance to YesterLand Farm’s warm atmosphere is the friendly staff who love what they do.
“We had a young guy the other day say, ‘My day’s going good, I love my job!’, so I thought that was a priceless reaction… That was his first day on the job,” said Jaden Farnsworth, a four-year administrative assistant for the farm.
While the daytime is all fun and games, the night gets a little spookier, with the opening of the After Dark “Fright by Night” attractions. This is the newest set of attractions just spooky enough for the whole family to enjoy.
“[In the past] we have not wanted to do horror and gore, anything evil or gross like that, that is kind of the typical around Halloween,” said Farnsworth, “Here it is just a little creepy.”
Fright by Night will feature several different attractions. The Creepy Corn Maze is the traditional corn maze experience with a twist- creepy characters will come out of the shadows to give guests a startle. The maze is not recommended for small children.
The Horrid Hayride is all the fun of a bumpy, twisty hayride along with a creepy driver taking guests on a eye-widening trek under a moonlit sky.
Swamp Zombie Paintball is a chance for guests to see how well they could last in a zombie apocalypse by fighting a hoard of brain-eating zombies with splats of paint! The zombies, like the ones on the Walking Dead television show, will have no paintball guns, just a craving for flesh.
YesterLand Farm also offers experiences for school trips, parties and campfires. Here students and groups will learn how to work on a farm, as well as have fun on the rides. Guests can also hold birthday parties, with three different themes: “Party under a BigTop”, “A Toasty Campfire Party”, or “It’s a Free Range Party”. The party guests can also use passes to access the rides faster.
Shawna and Ryan Daniels have visited YesterLand Farm with their two children, Chanel, and Emma Kate, for the past two years. Sharing their experiences, the family discovered the farm as they drove on interstate 20 heading to Dallas. The Daniels say of YesterLand that each time they go is always an enjoyable experience.
“It’s a wonderful family-oriented place. Lots of fun activities for kids and reasonably priced,” said Shawna Daniels. The Daniels family’s favorite attractions include the pony rides and pumpkin picking.
If for some reason one can’t make it out on a week during the fall festivities, YesterLand Farm will also be open for the winter with the “Christmas Playland” attraction. At this time, guests can meet and take photos with Santa, take a ride on Santa’s Runaway Sleigh roller coaster, as well as cut down their own Christmas trees. Admission during winter season is not charged.
So whether its pumpkins and spice and everything nice, or a night full of screams and fright, YesterLand Farm offers activities that have been known to please any crowd.