Elk calling from northwestern Illinois
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[SEPT. 29, 2005]
DEER GROVE -- Are you looking forward to the
earthy sights and smells of the fall season? The folks at
Sandy Pine Elk Farm are too as they prepare to welcome fall
visitors. Located just outside Deer Grove, 85 miles west of the
Chicago suburbs, the farm is a perfect destination for that fall day
The Henrekin family started operating the elk farm in the fall of
1999, beginning with five animals that have quickly grown to 43 head
as of this spring. The decision was made to open the farm to the
public in August 2004 as a new agritourism destination because of
the overwhelming interest in these majestic animals found in the
Midwest. "We had an incredible busy fall last year giving
approximately 7,000 elk tours to see our internationally ranked
bulls," the Henrekins said.
A 7½-acre corn maze full of fun twists
and wrong turns and a 2-acre you-pick pumpkin and gourd patch have
been added for family enjoyment.
The newest addition is a retail gift store stocked with
one-of-a-kind gifts, including aspen log furniture, Native American
baskets and pottery, leather wear, jewelry, candles, gift items, and
The Henrekins say that fall is the most exciting time of year at
Sandy Pine Elk Farm. As you're browsing the store, the aromas of
cinnamon, spices and fresh apple pie will coax you over to chuck
wagon concession stand, where there is a treat for everyone. On busy
weekends they might be grilling elk burgers or brats, or on those
crisp fall days, serving chili. And for those with the sweeter tooth
they offer a variety of fresh-baked pies -- like apple caramel
walnut, peach praline and very berry -- or everyone's fall favorite
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This spring a Sioux-style tent was added to the elk habitat. "We
are currently making the tipi available for added atmosphere to our
bonfire cookouts and for presentations for our fall school groups,"
LaMonica Henrekin said. "Reservations are filling up fast with
family reunions, Scouts and small-business retreats."
Sit back and enjoy a relaxing wagon ride out to the elk pastures,
nestled among the red pine trees and rolling hills. Always be on
alert, listening in anticipation to hear the sound of antlers
locking or bulls bellowing their mating call, the "bugle."
Sandy Pine Elk Farm invites you out to their farm this fall to
enjoy the crisp days and relaxing atmosphere. Take a day to retreat
to the country to this unique farm that allows its visitors an
up-close glimpse of one of the country's most majestic animals, the
North American elk.
Fall business hours are Monday-Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5.
[News release and LDN]