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Kiefer Farms will have their pumpkin patch and other fall activities despite pandemic

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - There's about one week until the official fall season, pumpkins are starting to make their annual debut. With pumpkin patches being a cherished tradition, will the pandemic stop families from enjoying this fall favorite?

"KWWL" spoke with Waterloo's, Kiefer Farms, about whether the pandemic will put a halt to their annual fall plans. Co-owner, Julie Kiefer said it has actually been a positive year for the farm and they plan on continuing all fall activities.

"First of May was a beautiful day and people had been pinned up for so long and everybody wanted to come out," Kiefer said, "it was amazing how much support we've had this spring and summer."

Being a smaller farm, Kiefer told "KWWL" their format allows people to adhere to safety guidelines. Unlike most pumpkin patches, Kiefer Farms does not have activities, like bouncy houses, that may raise concern for exposure.

"They are mostly all open air, it's a little safer situation than being in close quarters and inside," Kiefer said.

FOLKS OF ALL AGES CAN DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • pick and buy pumpkins
  • shop for mums
  • buy gourds and squash
  • admire all their farm animals
  • hayrides
  • walkthrough 'family-friendly' haunted houses

During activities, safety precautions will be recommended. But Kiefer has confidence her customers will do what's best for them during their time at Kiefer Farms.

"We are here, we are safe, again we will wear masks as they are necessary, and most people coming out here will be wearing masks," Kiefer said, "we will do the best we can with social distancing and we will hope for the best this year and go from there."

Kiefer Farms goal is to open by October 1st. This will be their 58th year selling pumpkins to the Cedar Valley.

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Alaina Kwan

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