Tradition is strong at Skelly’s pumpkin patch

By ERICA PENNINGTON
Features Editor

JANESVILLE — Changing leaves have signaled the start of fall, and as such, the rush is on at Skelly’s.

Located at 2713 S. Hayner Road, Janesville, Skelly’s Farm Market is a favorite for many families is the Stateline Area year-round for fresh produce. Pumpkin season is an especially popular time to visit.

“It’s our first time coming out (to Skelly’s) and he really seems to like it,” said Damen Hume as 2-year-old son, Lorenzo Hume, wandered the pumpkin patch, little red wagon in tow, on Sunday morning.

Cousins Caeleigh Frasier, Lilyana Frasier and JoJo Marklein spent the morning trying out the many play areas at the farm and also digging through bins of gourds to pick out their favorites.

“I started to come out here as soon as I had kids because there is so much for them to do,” said mom Mindy Kjerstad of Janesville. “We especially really love the wagon rides.”

Anna Frasier said that a trip to the pumpkin patch is great for making memories.

“Skelly’s is close to home and we come each year,” Frasier said. “They’re cousins who love spending a lot of time together.”

Skelly’s Farm Market offers pumpkin picking from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Halloween. Over 20 acres of pumpkins, gourds, squash, mini pumpkins and other varieties are grown each season.

On site are two corn mazes, including a 9-acre “Impossible Maze,” an apple cannon and slingshot, activities for the kids and gift shop with a bakery.

Admission to the grounds is free. Some activities require an additional pay-as-you-go fee. Free kids activities include the Ducky Derby, playgrounds, a corn box and pumpkin checkers. Snacks are also available for purchase so families can stay all day.

“Of course everyone has to come and get the apple cider donuts, too,” Kjerstad said.

For more information, visit www.skellysfarmmarket.com or call 608-757-1200.

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