Minocqua Winter Park will be hosting its 4th annual Fall Hayride on Saturday Oct. 5. Typically a two-day event, this year’s activities will be combined into a single day of fun, fall-themed activities including hayrides, bluegrass music, food, and good company.
Festivities will kick off at noon with hayrides running from the chalet around two different loops in the park. Hayrides will make two stops, the first being at one of the park’s ponds where kids can try their hand at “pumpkin fishing.” The second stop will be at the Yukon overlook where everyone can take in the fall views while enjoying cider, cookies and a bonfire. There will be four tractor-pull hay wagons running until 3 p.m. with rides lasting approximately 35-45 minutes. The cost is $3 per child, $5 per adult, or $20 per family.
MWP’s manager Christie Terkelson said the hayrides are always a hit.
“It’s just a nice opportunity, a good way for people to explore the park,” Terkelson said. “We get a lot of nonskiers that don’t even know the park exists.”
Anyone not interested in a hayride can adventure up to the top of Squirrel Hill for what Terkelson calls the “ultimate view” and take in the park’s fall colors. Others can visit the chalet for food, kids’ crafts, and music. Smoked pulled pork sandwiches, soda, and beer will be available for purchase. An extensive kids’ fall craft and game section will be set up in the chalet and is a new addition for this year. The ski shop will be open for a preseason sale from noon to 5 p.m.
The event will be held rain or shine. Attendees are advised to dress appropriately for the weather. Anyone looking to get extra cozy on the hayrides is invited to bring his or her favorite blanket.
The Foragers, a bluegrass band, will play from 2 to 5 p.m. At 3:30, the events will transition to a Volunteer Appreciation potluck for landowners, volunteers, staff, and season pass holders. Terkelson said although the park always has an end of-the-season get-together, she hopes the fall social introduces people who may not otherwise meet until the winter or spring. The social is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Send an email to [email protected]
by Oct. 2 to RSVP for the potluck (hayride does not require an RSVP).
The Fall Hayride and social are sure to please people of all ages, skiers and nonskiers alike.
Visit the Minocqua Winter Park Facebook page for updates on the Fall Hayride, as well as for future events.