There's more to fall than pumpkin spice: Inside agritourism

9NEWS @ 9. 9/13/2016

Break out the cider, break out the sweater, and break out the pumpkin-spice everything.

Fall is here and the weekend of Sept. 17 will mark the open of several fall farm attractions; many of them looking far beyond the typical corn maze and pumpkin patch.

“We add one to two to three new things every year,” Glen Fritzler of Fritzler Farms in Weld County said. “It is quite a challenge to come up with new ideas every year.”

The Fritzlers are known for their extravagant corn mazes that have recently featured several Bronco themes.

Now they’re making a name for out-of-the-box attractions.

“The public will then say wow that was really fun,” he said.

This year the farm is boasting seven different themed weekends. The first one is a beer garden, then a lumberjack show where they're bringing in professional lumberjacks from Canada to have a competition; and finally they're going to top it off with a stunt dog show.

But this isn’t just happening on this farm. The Yaya Orchard in Longmont is having a cider-making workshop because its apple picking is already sold out and the season has even started
Then hop on over to Anderson Farms in Erie and you can play zombie paintball.

It's to sprinkle sure-fire profits over a year full of variables.

“You know this year we had a disaster farm so we're hoping we have over-the-top agritainment to maybe break even,” Fritzler said.

So whether its pillow-jumping, pig racing, pumpkin cannons or paintball know these attractions aren’t just for entertainment, they’re to keep farmers afloat.

“We got the hail and everything so we're just wanting to get opened up so we can forget about some of the bad things that happened to us this summer,” Friztler said.

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