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Surprise! Barrel Trains

Last month at the Dairy Farmers of America¬†Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO my husband and I by chance (or more like Providence ūüôā )¬†met a wonderful couple who have changed our farm tour business forever. Upon meeting this couple we found out¬†that they¬†operate a pumpkin patch and tours on their farm in Conway, MO called Gunter Farms Pumpkin Patch. I, of course, piped right up and started peppering them with questions and exchanging ideas about our dairy tour / pumpkin farm businesses.

What an amazingly sweet couple they were! They stood and talked to us for almost¬†two hours about the in’s and out’s of their pumpkin patch operation. One thing that we were especially excited about was the Barrel Train rides that they offer – we had seen these in action before and thought they were SOOOO COOL! They told us that their son designed and built these for their farm. My husband got the son’s number and called him right away. Fast forward¬†a month, and woah-la………we are now proud owners of 12 super fun barrel train cars!!!!

On Wednesday, we were able to surprise our first Spring Dairy Tour group of the season (140 kindergarteners)¬†with our brand spankin’ new barrel trains!¬† What a hit they were! We are so excited to be able to share them this fall as well¬†during Country Pumpkins with our guests where we will be offering Barrel Train rides (for kids) along with hayrides for the whole family. It’s an exciting year ahead!

To view the photo highlights of our first Spring Dairy Tour at Alpine Hills Dairy Farm of the season, click here.