PARIS, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – A fall tradition continues in Edgar County, Illinois after a local farm expands their business.
In the fall of 2018, popular tourist attraction pumpkin works in Paris, Illinois stopped their operations.
At the time, this ended a tradition of fall fun in Edgar County that lasted 26 years.
“There was a need for something like this in this area, people were accustomed to coming to Pumpkin Works,” said Brian Lau, co-owner of L&A Family Farms.
While the Pumpkin Works facility may remained closed, it’s legacy will now live on.
This week Lau announced that his farm, just a few miles away from Pumpkin Works’ location, will now offer many of the same activities that many loved for decades.
“We have a corn maze, we’re going to do hayrides, we’ve got the you pick pumpkin patch. We’ve also got the sunflowers blooming for at least two to three more weeks,” Lau said.
Lau says his interest in agri-tourism began while working for Pumpkin Works after he graduated college.
Now he’s prepared to expand this industry at his farm.
“It’s been really popular for a lot of the people to come, have a place to go, spend some time in the country, and we just wanted to continue that tradition,” Lau said.
Lau says that he has purchased some of the equipment used at Pumpkin Works and it will be used at farm.
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