Tourism announces Fall Farm Day to be Sept. 9
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[August 28, 2012]
Fall Farm Day, which will take
place Sept. 9, will feature an award-winning Logan County
agritourism site, Gail's Pumpkin Patch, along with several other
Logan County ag favorites: J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in
Atlanta, PrairiErth Farm in rural Atlanta and Irwin Dairy, rural
Beason. Gail's, at 1709 2000th Avenue, will provide an educational
opportunity to visit a working farm. Irwin's Dairy, 1809 2150th
Ave., will showcase its Holstein dairy farm.
The self-guided tour will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Brochures for the tour
are available at the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau, 1555 Fifth St.,
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, as well as on the bureau's website,
www.abe66.com. The website will also feature a tour map. In
addition, brochures will be available during the tour at each stop.
Logan County historian Paul Gleason will give talks about the
150th anniversary of agriculture. This includes the establishment of
the Department of Agriculture, the Morrill-Land Act and the
Homestead Act -- all signed while Abraham Lincoln was in office.
Gleason's presentations will be at Gail's Pumpkin Patch at 1:30 and
Gleason, who completed 37 years as a junior high school teacher,
holds a master's degree in history from Illinois State University.
He has also completed extensive course work toward his Ph.D.
Currently he is the chairman of the tour's sponsoring organization,
the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County.
Judy Barr Topinka, comptroller of the state of Illinois, recently
saluted Gail's Pumpkin Patch for its contribution to Illinois ag-related
tourism. During "Agri-Tourism Day" at the Illinois State Fair in
Springfield, Topinka presented owners Gail and David Sasse with a
proclamation celebrating their achievements and continuing
"It is incredible to have Gail's Pumpkin Patch continue to
support agriculture through events year after year," Topinka said.
"Gail's Pumpkin Patch educates the public and promotes tourism for
our state, and I thank the many people who work so hard to make it
This is the seventh season for Gail's Pumpkin Patch, and it "just
keeps growing each year," according to the owners. Their mission is
to operate as ambassadors for agriculture by providing an
educational and fun farm experience for the entire family.
Located near the geographical center of Illinois, the pumpkin
patch offers more than 50 varieties of pumpkins and gourds, squash,
corn, and other fall items.
The patch offers both "u-pick" and "we pick" pumpkins. New this
year is the Porcelain Doll pumpkin. Part of the proceeds from the
sale of these pink pumpkins is being donated to the Pink Pumpkin
Foundation in Denver, Colo., for cancer research.
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Also new this year at Gail's are the "Pumpkin Play Barn," "Dress
the Scarecrow," "Lasso the Bull" and "Make Your Own Straw Bale."
Additional fun for the younger generation includes a train, a
toddler maze, corn and soybean boxes, a "goat lookout," crafts, and
games. Other special attractions for Fall Farm Day are pumpkin
painting, face painting, a machinery display and a honey extraction
demonstration with live bees.
Gail's Pumpkin Patch sells a lot of Illinois products and local
crafts, as well as apples, cider and doughnuts.
Gail and David's son Nate is the beekeeper for Sasse's Apiary,
which produces many honey products. Their daughter makes the baked
goods. Among this fall's favorite products will be a family cookbook
that Abby is having published to sell at the pumpkin patch. It
contains recipes using pumpkin, apples, honey and squash.
Gail's Pumpkin Patch will be open from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31
this year. More information is available at
www.gailspumpkinpatch.com or by calling 217-447-3409.
Irwin Dairy, a family-owned Holstein farm, will also be included
in the self-guided tour. Presentations regarding their farm and the
dairy industry will be given at 1:30 and 3 p.m.
PrairiErth Farm, located in rural Atlanta, has been run by the
Bishop family for close to 30 years. This 300-acre organic farm
produces corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa, many vegetables, fruits,
flowers, beef, chicken and more. Additional information can be found
www.prairierthfarm.com. PrairiErth will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.
The J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum will also be open 1-5 p.m.
The elevator is the only fully restored wooden grain elevator in
Illinois listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The
grain elevator was operated as a commercial enterprise from 1903
until 1976. The city of Atlanta purchased the structure in 1988. It
was placed on the National Register in 1991 for its association with
the area's commercial transportation and agricultural history.
More information is available at www.abe66.com or by calling
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of