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Opening Day

September 10

Event Calendar

Rader Family Farms 2021 Event Calendar - 

Holiday Christmas Market and Santa Photo Sessions

  • Friday, Dec. 17th  11-4 and Saturday, Dec. 18th  11-4
  • Santa Sessions available with Sign-up on Friday from 1-4        
  • Sign Up Here For Professional Santa Photo Sessions!
  • A gift to each Customer!!
  • Christmas Basket Giveaway Valued at over $200!
  • SHOP LOCAL with custom items from many Artisans

Drive-Thru and Drop-In Donut Days- 

  • June 4, 2021
  • Online orders may be placed at National Donut Days order form!
  • Be the first to have our Homemade Pumpkin Donuts! 
  • Drop in to our Harvest Brew Cafe and Retail Market in the Pumpkin Blossom Cafe 

Baby Animal Days - 

Saturday, June 19 -- $10 per person (Ages 5 years+) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Purchase Tickets:  Online tickets for Baby Animal Days

  • Come see, pet and hold the babies at the farm!
  • Baby goats
  • Baby calf, kittens, bunnies
  • Hands-on baby chick experience
  • Critter Cart rides for our l'il critters
  • Tram rides
  • Hands-on activities 
  • Limited food/drink will be available (no outside food and drink, please) 

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! 

Professional Photographers Sign Up Here.

Sunflower Field Dinner

Friday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and     

Saturday, Aug. 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Reservations are required and seating is limited.   

Reserve your Sunflower Dinner in the blooms before it sells out!

Sunflower Days

Come walk through more than 4 acres of brilliantly colored sunflowers during our 2nd 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!

Purchase Tickets Here!  Tickets are also available at each day of the event.  

Sunday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Tram Rides
  • Critter Cart Rides
  • Gill Street Eatz Food Truck ($)
  • Zoo Lady ($)
  • Music
  • Activities provided by the University of Illinois Extension Program from 12-3 each day.
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Harvest Brew Coffee Shop & Bakery
  • Pumpkin Blossom Retail Market - Shop Local!

The Farmstead Fair at Rader Family Farms

Saturday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All guests will have access to the sunflower field with paid admission to the Farmstead Fair.

Detailed information to The Farmstead Fair

Purchase Your Early Bird Season Pass For A $10 Discount on Each Individual Season Pass!

Get Your 2021 Early Bird Season Passes Here!

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

Friday, Sept. 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 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 13th season. For more information on season passes, send a note to

2021 Opening Day (and Patch's 3-year Birthday Celebration) is Sept. 11!

National Grandparents Day

Sunday, September 12th, 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 18 - 19, 2021, while supplies last.  1 for $10 or 2 for $18. (Regular Size) Large Mums are $25. 

Flashlight 10-Acre Night Maze

Saturday, Sept. 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 16, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. 

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

Additional Night Corn Maze details and pricing

Ropp Road Roundup

October 2, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Join us for a day full of vendors and exhibitors who share their passion, gifts, talents and products.  Admission to the farm applies.  

Columbus Day -- Monday, Oct. 11

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 famiily, friends or all the kids off of school. 

Please review our Farm Safety Guidelines