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Just a Few Rules

The Rader family takes great pride in its attention to guest safety.  Equipment and activities are monitored and regularly inspected and employees are thoroughly trained to monitor guests for safety.  However, employees are not intended to be the only supervisors of guests, especially children. We ask you observe all farm restrictions and safety instructions and monitor your family members at all times.

Our Commitment to You:

  • We will continue to be a leader in safe sanitation and hygiene practices with all of our employees and staff.
  • Our animal care standards will remain exceptional and include regular sanitizing of animal areas and surfaces. 
  • All employees and staff entering our business will pass a health check prior to each shift. 
  • All common areas will comply with appropriate social distancing guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer or hand washing stations will be available to all guests and employees throughout the farm. 
  • Our team will work throughout the day to keep our farm clean.  Activities may be shut down briefly to properly sanitize.  Retail market items, produce will be handled with utmost care and in accordance with recommended community guidelines. 
  • We will adhere to all local and statewide health standards. 

Your Commitment to Us:

  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 recently or have symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, cough, shortness of breath), please help us keep everyone safe by staying home.  
  • By visiting Rader Family Farms, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  
  • You will wear a mask on our farm inside all buildings, waiting in lines and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Everyone over the age of 2 years old who can medically tolerate a face covering over their nose and mouth must wear one in a public place in conjunction with the current guidelines. 
  • You will be patient and kind to our staff and other guests.
  • Be flexible as our procedures may change as additional guidelines are provided to us. 
  • If you have any questions/concerns you may reach out and talk with us.  

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our farm guests, please respect the following rules:

Guest Safety: Rader Family Farms, LLC is not responsible for personal accidents that occur while on the farm property.  By entering onto the farm property, you are assuming liability and responsibility for the safety of yourself and those accompanying you, including minors.  It is also assumed that those entering onto the property are carriers of their own health insurance policies.

Age Policy: Anyone 14 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult (age 18 years+) to enter into the Activity area.  Although most of our activities are staffed, they are not supervised.  Your safety is important to us, and we bet you will have fun playing alongside your children as well! Children entering the corn maze must be at least 14 years old to enter without an adult (18 years+).  

Pets:  Pets are not allowed onto the farm for the safety of other guests and farm animals on the property. Per ADA guidelines, ONLY service animals are allowed.  This does NOT include support/companion animals, animals in strollers, or being carried.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of our agritainment business.

Farm Animals:  Although we are excited for you to meet our farm animals, please remember we are not a petting zoo. The animals are friendly but also unpredictable. We recommend children and adults do not reach over or through our animal fences. Please be aware of the possibility of farm animal and hay-related allergy exposures.  Hand-sanitizing stations and hand-washing sinks are available in the animal areas and we always recommend washing hands after visiting the animals.

Smoking:  For the safety of everyone, smoking (including e-cigarettes and vaping) is prohibited everywhere on the farm.

Food:  Outside food is prohibited, including special events, corporate events, and birthdays. Scheduled field trips may bring sack lunches.

Allergies: Please be aware of the possibility of farm animal, hay/straw, corn, and other environmental-related allergy exposures while on the farm. More information is available about food ingredients at each venue upon request. Please see first aid below.

First Aid: Limited basic assistance is offered as a convenience to our guests while on the farm.  It is not intended to replace professional medical care.  Personal medical devices such as inhalers and epi-pens are recommended to be on people (including within field trips) at all times, as there may be environmental triggers on the farm. These devices are not available from first aid. Incidents will be documented on an incident report but is NOT intended as any type of agreement between parties. Rader Family Farms LLC reserves the right to contact additional professional medical services, such as 911, as determined necessary.

Weather: Rader Family Farms constantly monitors local weather.  Please be aware that there is not a safety shelter available to all guests at one time.  If inclement weather is forecast, current guests will be advised to seek additional shelter elsewhere and the farm reserves the right to close as deemed necessary for safety.  There is not a guarantee of refunds for rain. Paying admission to the farm with questionable weather is at your own risk. For safety reasons, some attractions on the farm may be forced to be closed for a period of time if they are too saturated.                                  

Working Farm: Rader Family Farms is a part of a working grain farm operation.  Although the grain farm operation is separated from the pumpkin farm grounds, it is still on the same property.  Please advise children to never approach working farm equipment and be cautious of the possibility of farm equipment near the pumpkin farm entrance and exit. The farm and its private entrance are not accessible to the public.

Handicap Access: Rader Family Farms is proud to offer multiple handicap parking spots.  We also have an asphalt pathway that circles through most of the activity area.  Part of the walking path is also packed gravel, and may be gently sloping in some areas. Handicap accessible restrooms are available inside the Pumpkin Barn.

Parking: Our large parking area is on Illinois' rich farmland.  At times, the field may hold water and can be uneven in places. We do our best to avoid soft grounds but it is always a possibility.  Please park carefully and follow all posted signage. Check our Facebook page for up-to-date farm condition special announcements.

Lost Children: Rader Family Farms is aware of the possibility of children wandering away from their party.  Although supervision is the guardian's and teacher's responsibility, the farm will respond quickly when a child is missing from their group. Please inform children that if they get lost, they can contact any employee for assistance.  If there is a current missing child, be advised that the exit gates to the parking lot may be temporarily closed until the situation is resolved.  Teachers are expected to have an initial and final child count before arrival and departure. We appreciate your cooperation.

Lost & Found Items: Although we are not responsible for lost or stolen personal items, many kind customers and employees turn in found items to our front desk inside the main barn.  We cannot lock up all found personal property.  If you are missing an item, please come to the front desk inside the Pumpkin Barn to request your item.  We are unable to search for items over the phone, nor mail them back to you.  Found items may still be available for a short time after our season has concluded.

Special Attraction Age/Weight Restrictions (not all are listed, many intended for all ages)

All attractions and activities are intended for those in good health at their own and parental discretion, according to their abilities and at their own risk.

Corn Maze: The corn maze has age restrictions for day and night mazes. The corn maze is not intended for those with recent surgery, heart history, high blood pressure, anxiety, claustrophobia, panic attacks, mobility limitations, dizziness, seizures, severe environmental allergies or any other health issues that could be triggered by long-distance walking and a disorientation to location. There is a phone number on the map that a guest can call if assistance is needed while in the corn maze. The maze is monitored, but every guest's exact location in the maze is not being monitored. Guests 14 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 years+).

Little Village: For 6 years and under.

Barrel Train Ride: For ages 10 yrs and under or 70 lbs and under.

Wild Horse Swings: For ages 10 yrs and under or 70 lbs and under.

Double Barrel Shoot: Single riders only. Feet first only. Recommended for ages 8 and above.

Jumping Pillow: Is intended for use by people in good general health. For the safety of others, weight restriction is 250 lbs/person and the number of jumpers at one time is limited. Not for use by those who have had recent surgery, heart history, high blood pressure, neck or back injuries or problems, leg or ankle injuries or weakness, dizziness, seizures, motion sickness, or any other health issues that could be aggravated by strenuous activities such as jumping.  It is not recommended for pregnant women or young babies. Jumpers are responsible for themselves and the children who accompany them. Parents are responsible for children jumping on pillow, even if they are not jumping.

Apple Blasters: Young children will need adult assistance. Ear and eye protection is available.