Tinley Park resident Kelly Kersh has one goal in mind: to make it a tradition to set aside time for fall, family fun.
When Fawn’s Fall Fest & Pumpkin Farm in Frankfort re-opened in September, she knew where to go.
“[This is my] second time [here,]” Kersh said. “I try to make it an annual family event. Ever since my son [was born]—he’s two now—I try to come every year. I just like the atmosphere.”
On the farm, people can enjoy the petting zoo, jumbo jumper, barrel rides and a shooting gallery.
“This is our seventh year open,” said Patricia Tracy, who helps run her parent’s farm. “We’ve been growing every single year. We try to add new attractions every year.”
This fall, the farm features new inflatables attractions for people to try.
“We try just to add little by little to make it different every year,” Tracy said.
The farm tends to draw in people who come back year after year.
Kersh enjoyed the hayride and watched on as the children entered the bouncy house. Later, she went on to try her hand at a game of bags.
“It’s my first time bringing my stepdaughter [to Fawn’s Fall Fest & Pumpkin Farm,]” Kersh said. “It’s our first day, [and] she like[s] it. I’m trying to bring people every year because I like it.”
Lori Trench, of Frankfort, trekked the farm grounds with her 7-year old and 3-year old granddaughters, Savannah and Jocelyn.
“We’ve been here a couple times,” Lori said. “The price is fabulous, and the kids have an absolute blast. It’s clean, and it’s just awesome. I like [this farm,] so much better than the other ones I’ve gone to with my kids and my grandkids. We come every year.”
Lori said her granddaughters had been looking forward to coming out to the farm.
“They like the jumpies, and it’s nice because they jump as much as they want to for as long as they want to,” she said. “It’s not like timed or anything.”
Savannah said her favorite part, though, is difficult to pinpoint.
“[It is] probably everything,” she said. “I can’t decide.”
Lori said the farm creates many special memories for she and her granddaughters every time they drop in.
“I take tons of pictures,” she said.
Savannah went on to say that “all of our friends and family are here.”
Fawn’s Fall Fest & Pumpkin Farm is open to the public 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. every Friday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29. Admission is $12 for adults and children age 3 and older and free for anyone age 2 and younger. Military members get in free with military identification.
At 7 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the farm reopens to the public to offer nighttime haunts.
“Our whole park becomes alive with everything haunted,” Tracy said. “We have our terror trails, our zombie paintball hunt, a coffin ride, and then the paintball target shooter, which we offer all through[out] the day.”
For more information on Fawn’s Fall Fest & Pumpkin Farm, visit 24405 S. LaGrange Rd. or call (708) 532-6668.