LINGLE – Autumn officially began Sept. 22, but Sept. 26 marked the annual opening day of Ellis’ Harvest Home west of Lingle.
Opening day was abuzz with families and friends from all over the area coming to take part in the festivities.
“This year is the biggest year we have had, so far,” said owner Dan Ellis. “We have had people from all over come out, a lot from Cheyenne.”
Ellis was delighted to have such an excellent turnout for their opening day and was glad to be able to have families and friends come out and enjoy their time together.
Ellis, his family and friends are celebrating their 13th year as the go-to place for people around the area who are looking to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Ellis’ Harvest Home offers a concession stand, large in-ground jumping pillow, a petting zoo, hay maze, corn maze, corn pits and a pumpkin patch.
Ellis’ famous corn maze is around 7 acres large and is themed after the Charmin toilet paper bears. The maze design changes yearly, and Ellis chooses a theme for each year’s maze. Visit Ellis’ Harvest Home website at ellisharvesthome.com, or their Facebook page to see a aerial photograph of the design.
The petting zoo houses eight small pigs, three goats, several roosters and two new additions to the zoo, Scooby and Shaggy. Scooby and Shaggy are alpacas. The animals put on quite a show for visitors and visitors can feed the animals, for a small fee.
The pumpkin patch boasts a large variety of pumpkins that can be purchased. Visitors can also venture out into the pumpkin patch with a wagon and pick the perfect pumpkin. The pumpkins in the patch vary significantly in size and are available in multiple colors and various shapes.
Ellis hopes to have a coffee and espresso stand completed by the end of this season. He also discussed several other projects and changes he intends to make to the festivities. Ellis was proud to declare they are “expanding out” and adding more every year.
Ellis’ Harvest Home will be open weekends through Oct. 31. Their schedule, hours of operation and fees are listed on their website. Interested persons can contact Ellis’ Harvest Home at (307) 532-1686 or through their website and Facebook page.