By Ann Foster Thelen
Enchanted Acres’ grand finale season promises to be full of all its farm guests’ favorites from hayrides and campfire s’mores to story time and pumpkin decorating. Learn more about this family-focused fall attraction in north central Iowa.
For the past decade, Enchanted Acres – nestled in the soil-rich farmland of north central Iowa – has been a place where all families can escape reality for a few hours and simply enjoy spending time together in the great outdoors. It’s that “happy place” where kids and kids at heart can channel Cinderella or Jack Sparrow, pick a perfect pumpkin, feed goats, learn all about chickens and so much more!
Enchanted Acres was founded by Shannon Latham – a fun-loving, authentic “farm girl” who calls herself a lifelong Girl Scout. At Enchanted Acres, Latham is the caretaker of one pot-bellied pig, 12 goats, a lot of chickens and a large pumpkin patch. Her passion for creating fantastic family experiences and sharing a love of all things food and family are contagious.
Latham is also an Iowa State Representative and vice president for Latham Hi-Tech Seeds. Enchanted Acres has been a passion project for Latham, but with family and professional obligations vying for her time, she recently announced this would be Enchanted Acres last season. But it won’t be the end of its magic.
“Enchanted Acres has always been, and always will be, my happy place,” Latham says. “I absolutely enjoy sharing my love of agriculture with our farm guests and their families or friends. So much has happened since opening Enchanted Acres in 2012. I’m forever grateful to have worked with my family and so many others from the community who have lent a helping hand to bring joy to this part of Iowa every fall.”
Latham hints at what's in store for the future of Enchanted Acres, “While our pumpkin patch won’t be open to the public next year, there’s more in store for this magical place. I’ll be making an announcement later this fall.”
Enchanted Acres opens for its final season on Friday, Sept. 23, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 23.
Latham shares more about the inspiration behind Enchanted Acres and what is planned for the season finale.
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