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Rader Family Farms 2022 Event Calendar - 

Baby Animal Days - 

Saturday, June 11th and Saturday June 18th -- $10 per person (Ages 5 years+) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Guests 4yrs and under are FREE. 

Purchase Tickets:  TICKETS FOR BABY ANIMAL DAYS MAY BE PURCHASED AT OUR ADMISSIONS BUILDING ON THE DAY OF THE EVENTS - SEE YOU THERE!!

  • Come see, pet and hold the babies at the farm!
  • Baby goats - COME HOLD AND CUDDLE THEM!
  • Baby calf, kittens, bunnies
  • Hands-on baby chick experience
  • Critter Cart rides for our l'il critters
  • Hands-on activities 
  • Limited Farm Activities will be open.
  • Limited food/drink will be available (no outside food and drink, please) 
  • McLean County Animal Control will have kittens available for adoption and TRAIN (Teams Rescuing Animals In Need) will have puppies on-site from 11-2.  Applications can be completed on-site and their fur-ever home pick-up will take place the following week.

Hudson Farmer's Market -- 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Every Thursday from June-September  - Hudson Farmer's Market information

Professional Photographers

Rader Family Farms photographer times are available by appointment only for the golden hour sessions or a custom session by reserving your date and time on our sign up form.  This sign up is for professional photographers only.  Guests interested in professional photography sessions may direct their photographer to our sign up.  The acres of sunflowers are bursting and beautiful! 

2022 Photographer Sessions

Sunflower Days - August 13-14 and August 20-21

Come walk through more than 2 acres of brilliantly colored sunflowers during our 3rd Annual Sunflower Days Festival at Rader Family Farms. You do not want to miss these special weekends. There will be a variety of sunflowers in different colors, shapes and sizes and a field of zinnias, too.  Bloom where you are planted!

PRE-ORDER TICKETS HERE!

Tickets are also available at each day of the event.  

Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, Aug. 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

0 - 4 years old - FREE ADMISSION

5yrs - 14yrs - $5/guest

15yrs and above - $10/guest

  • U-Pick Buckets of Blooms (up to 10 stems) available at $25
  • $2 Additional Stems
  • Tram Rides
  • Critter Cart Rides
  • Gill Street Eatz Food Truck ($) (Sunday - 8/14 and Sunday 8/21)
  • Grilled Food and Sweet Treats offered by Rader Family Farms
  • Zoo Lady ($)
  • Music
  • Sunflower craft provided by the University of Illinois Extension Program (while Supplies Last)
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Harvest Brew Coffee Shop & Bakery
  • Pumpkin Blossom Retail Market - Shop Local!

The Farmstead Fair :: pop-up market @ Rader Family Farms

Saturday, August 27th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, August 28th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 80 vendors will be poppin up at Rader Family Farms. There will be hand-selected makers, artisans, boutiques, and antiquers as they display their amazing goods. Admission wristbands are $5 at the gate payable to The Farmstead Fair.  Activities at Rader Family Farms will not be open during this special event.  Opening Day is just around the corner and we look forward to seeing you on September 10th!

All guests will have a last chance to access to the sunflower field with paid admission to the Farmstead Fair. Buckets of blooms and  U-pick ($) sunflowers and zinnia's will be available.  

Detailed information to The Farmstead Fair

Purchase Your Individual Season Pass!

Get Your 2022 Season Passes Here!

Exclusive Season Passholder Night -- "Eat, Stay & Play"

Friday, Sept. 9, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Early Bird Season Passes will be available for purchase. Our special evening is our way to say thank you for your loyalty and to kick off the start of our 14th season. For more information on season passes, send a note to events@raderfamilyfarms.com

2022 Opening Day (and Patch's 4-year Birthday Celebration) is Sept. 10!

National Grandparents Day

Sunday, September 11th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Today we celebrate and honor all grandparents.  Share a special day and create new memories.  Grandparents get free admission with each paid admission to the farm. Receive an honorary sticker and complimentary homemade pumpkin donut.  

Magnificient Mum Sale

Come out to see what's blooming in colors and sizes.  Most magnificent home-grown mums featuring multi-colors.  Saturday and Sunday September 17 - 18, 2022, while supplies last.  1 for $12 (Regular Price) or 2 for $20.(Weekend Sale Price) (Regular Size) Large Mums are $30. 

National Alzheimer's Awareness Day

Wednesday, September, 21st - On this day Rader Family Farms and the world concentrates its efforts on creating awareness of Alzheimer's disease.  The disease is among the most prevalent forms of dimentia; a set of disorders that disrupt mental function.  World Alzheimer's Day is the perfect opportunity for us to raise our voices and contribute toward an effort of finding new ways of fighting the disease.  

Rader Family Farms will be donating toward this worthy effort from Wednesday, September 21st - October 30th.  Please consider making a contribution at each of our sales counters throughout the farm.  

2nd Annual Make-A-Wish For the Kids

Sunday, September 25th 

Flashlight 10-Acre Night Maze - PLEASE NOTE THE FARM WILL CLOSE AT 6PM TODAY WITH LAST ENTRANCE TO THE MAZE AT 5PM TO GET READY FOR OUR GUESTS AT THE NIGHT MAZE. 

Saturday, Sept. 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. 

Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. 

Additional Night Corn Maze details and pricing

RIVIAN DAY AT THE FARM 

October 1st and October 2nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Farm and activities are open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

RIVIAN, the American electric automaker will have one of its vehicle's at Rader Family Farms for viewing.  Come see the 2022 MotorTrends R1T Car of the Year right here at Rader Family Farms!  Admission to the farm applies. 

Ropp Road Roundup

October 2, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Join us for a day full of  our awesome activities as well as vendors and exhibitors who share their passion, gifts, talents and products. RIVIAN, the American electric automaker will have a vehicle available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission to the farm applies.  

Columbus Day - Monday, Oct. 10

Enjoy the farm from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  $15.95/person for ages 5 yrs - 64 yrs.  4 yrs and under are free.  

Join us with your family, friends or all the kids off of school. 

Orange Crush and Last Day of the Fall Season 

Sunday, October 30th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - THE FARM ACTIVITIES AND ALL FOOD AND RETAIL VENUE'S WILL CLOSE AT 4:30 P.M. FOR THE ORANGE CRUSH EVENT AT THE FARM.

Family friendly trick-or-treating will be going on around the farm from 1pm-4pm.  Bring your own bag and come in a family friendly costume.  

Wheels of Freedom Monster Truck will be on-site for our last day of the season. Wheels of Freedom Monster Truck will be available for ride-a-longs for an additional fee payable directly to Wheels of Freedom.  This is one you do not want to miss!

Help us compost our "misfit pumpkins" and enjoy smashing pumpkins starting at 4pm.  Stick around for the massive pumpkin drop from a crane. The winning team will enjoy an orange crush drink! 

Please review our Farm Safety Guidelines