Get Lost in 2016…
Settled in the heart of Alberta, with over 40 attractions and amenities, is the Kraay Family Farm: your destination for world famous adventures and Farmtastic fun all season long. Farmyard, Corn Maze, Jumping Pillow, Mini Golf & more, the fun never stops at Kraay Family Farm.2016 Season Fun Passes Now Available >
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Countdown to the 2016 General Admission Season
With over 40 attractions and amenities in addition to our world famous corn maze, the Kraay Family Farm will keep you and your family busy for hours!
In the NEWS… GOOD GRIEF! IT’S THE GREAT MAZE, CHARLIE BROWN! PEANUTS WORLDWIDE, THE MAiZE, INC., AND the Kraay Family Farm CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF “IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN!” WITH CUSTOM-DESIGNED PEANUTS-THEMED MAZE In honor of the 50th Anniversary of one of the most beloved, quotable, and unforgettable Peanuts television specials of all time, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Peanuts Worldwide and The Kraay Family Farm are preparing a once-in-a-lifetime celebration: the creation of a unique corn maze, custom-designed to feature Peanuts themes. The maze, which will feature the 50th Anniversary logo and Charlie Brown, will cover 15 acres! It will be open from July 22 to October 22, 2016. In addition to the maze, the Kraay Family Farm will host a special screening of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Date TBA. The farm will also incorporate Great Pumpkin artwork into other areas of their venue, providing the perfect setting for visitor photo ops with the Peanuts characters. The Kraay Family Farm is one of 85 farms in North America selected by Peanuts Worldwide to create a Great Pumpkin maze this year. Collectively, the farms—which are part of The MAiZE network and span North America in two countries and 33 states, from California to New York, Canada to Florida—will reach more than 3 million visitors during the Halloween season. “The Great Pumpkin and cornfield mazes are two of the world’s greatest fall traditions, eagerly anticipated by fans every single year, and we’re so excited to bring them together for this landmark anniversary,” said Jill Schulz, daughter of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. “As we prepare to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, it’s only fitting that we should find a tribute that’s both joyful and visually compelling, just as my father’s characters have been for more than 65 years.” “We’re thrilled to work with Peanuts Worldwide and The MAiZE, Inc. as we customize our corn maze to celebrate It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” said Rachel Kraay, one of the Owners of the Kraay Family Farm. “Corn mazes are all about providing a fun and interactive experience for our visitors—even the adults feel like kids again! And that’s exactly what Peanuts does: Aren’t we all kids again when we see Snoopy and Charlie Brown? This is the perfect match of holiday traditions.” “It’s been a huge pleasure for us to collaborate with Peanuts Worldwide and corn farms across North America to design these unique, custom corn mazes,” said founder Brett Herbst, The MAiZE, Inc. “We’re all fans of Peanuts and the Great Pumpkin, and we’re delighted to honor the 50th Anniversary by having the Great Pumpkin, this one time only, rise out of a corn maze!” For more information, check out www.kraayfamilyfarm.com It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Fun Facts Originally aired October 27, 1966 2016 ABC airdate: TBA Third Peanuts television special to be created by Charles M. Schulz, directed by Bill Melendez, and produced by Lee Mendelson. (It was preceded by A Charlie Brown Christmas and Charlie Brown’s All Stars!) Music by Vince Guaraldi, whose famous “Linus and Lucy” theme (made famous by A Charlie Brown Christmas) is heard at the beginning of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown). Famous Quotes: “Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world.” —Linus “There are three things that I’ve learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” —Linus “I was robbed! I spent the whole night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, when I could have been out for tricks or treats.” —Sally “I got a rock.” —Charlie Brown After the special first aired, Charles Schulz reported that distressed fans around the world sent packages of candy “just for Charlie Brown.” About the Farm The Kraay Family Farm is heading into it’s 17th year providing fun and adventure for families! The Kraay Family Farm is owned and operated by Ed & Linda Kraay, their son Reuben and his wife, Rachel. The Kraay family is dedicated to providing adventure, fun and a farm for families to connect, explore and create memories! About Peanuts Worldwide The PEANUTS characters and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide LLC, a joint venture owned 80% by Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and 20% by members of the Charles M. Schulz family.Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICON), owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including: CANDIE’S (R), BONGO (R),JOE BOXER (R), RAMPAGE (R), MUDD (R), MOSSIMO (R), LONDON FOG (R), OCEAN PACIFIC (R), DANSKIN (R), ROCAWEAR (R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R), WAVERLY (R), ZOO YORK (R), SHARPER IMAGE (R), UMBRO (R), LEE COOPER (R), ECKO UNLTD. (R), MARC ECKO (R), ARTFUL DODGER and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE (R). In addition, Iconix owns interests in the MATERIAL GIRL (R), PEANUTS (R), ED HARDY (R), TRUTH OR DARE (R), MODERN AMUSEMENT (R), BUFFALO (R), NICK GRAHAM (R) and PONY (R) brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of leading retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising and public relations departments, Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and equity. About The MAiZE, Inc. The MAiZE, Inc. annually creates mazes for 280+ farms worldwide and represents an increasingly popular trend in outdoor fall entertainment for children and adults alike. Brett Herbst, found of the MAiZE company, has worked with his team to design more than 3,000 corn mazes since first introducing the concept to Utah in 1996. Providing design and consulting services to those interested in creating their own labyrinths, The MAiZE has become the world’s largest cornfield maze company. For additional information, visit www.themaize.com. Media Contacts For Peanuts: Alison Hill, email@example.com 714.287.2015 For the Kraay Family Farm, Home of the Lacombe Corn Maze, Inc.: Rachel Kraay, Owner, Marketing Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org 403-302-1709
Hello everyone! It’s feeling like Spring here on the farm! I think that means it is time to start talking about what’s happening around here.Very soon, on June 15th, we are going to make our big announcement about our theme for the maze this year! We’re very excited! For a sneak preview we’ve created this video to help you guess and show you a little bit about how we create our 15 acre maze! http://www.kraayfamilyfarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2016-maze-start.mp4 I also wanted to make sure you all knew where to find us on the interwebs! You can find us on Instagram at kraayfamilyfarm, on Twitter you can find us @lacombecornmaze and on Facebook you can find us at KraayFamilyFarm.
Pumpkins for Thanksgiving and Halloween!
If you’re looking for pumpkins for decorating your Thanksgiving table, making into pumpkin pie, or carving up for Halloween, look no further! We’ve got tennis ball size all the way up to beach ball size! And some are filled with bumps and lumps for your scary pumpkin carving! We do grow our own pumpkins but as soon as the first frost hits we pick them all quickly so they don’t get mushy! If we left them in the field, with our Alberta nights, they would all be wrecked by now! Instead we put them all into a big tent, with all kind of Fall decor for your pumpkin picking experience! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Top 10 mazes in North America
We just heard this morning that we are listed by USA today as one of the Top 10 mazes in North America! Click on the link below to read the article: http://www.10best.com/interests/travel-now/10best-fall-corn-mazes-fun-for-families/
It’s beginning to feel a lot like FALL – hurray!
I took these pictures this afternoon and it sure feels a lot like Fall around here! Along with the jackets and boots comes a transition time on the farm as well. The sunflowers aren’t looking so sunny anymore but pretty soon they’ll be great bird feeders! The corn is still standing tall with most still close to 10 ft. and now the large cobs are hanging off the stalks waiting for Harvest at the end of October. Most of the flowers have lost their summer glow but some are still hanging in there! And the first frost means it’s pumpkin picking time for us! I am sad to see summer go so quickly but I’m excited that PUMPKIN and Harvest time is just around the corner – my favourite, and I think, most beautiful time of year here in Central Alberta. Hurray! picking little ones first!
What’s in a name?
So, why do we use a Crow in our logo, you may be wondering? Our family name KRAAY (or KRAAI as it was once spelled) actually means CROW in Dutch. For interest sake, it comes from Middle Dutch craie ‘crow’, and was given as a nickname for someone thought to resemble a crow, such as chattering or having a loud voice or maybe even having dark hair. I’m not sure what that says about our family, but we always enjoy a good chat! If you ever see one of us Crows hanging out on the farm please don’t hesitate to come and say hi!
Opening Day montage
Today is opening day for our 15th season! We are open from now until October 18th this year. Opening day reminds me of baseball so here goes: Take me out to the ballgame… Take me out to the (Chicken) show Buy me some peanuts and Cracker jacks…(and popcorn, cotton candy, and donuts) I don’t care if I ever get back… for it’s root, root, root for the home team… If they don’t win it’s a shame… for it’s ONE TWO THREE strikes you’re out at the ‘ole FARM Game…
You’re never too old for the farm
I recently listened to a report on CBC about kids and their inactivity levels. Apparently, Canadian kids get a bad grade for activity levels; the kids sit too much and move too little. You can read the report here >>. Often kids aged 12-14 and older will come to the farm with their parents, grandparents, or youth group and they initially feel like they are “too old” or “too cool” for the farm. This, of course, quickly changes as they start to explore! Hearing this recent news report reminded me of one of my favourite moments here at the farm. There were a couple of girls who came with a family and began their visit just kind of looking around and looking cool but within the hour I saw them running from activity to activity, laughing, going down the slides, climbing the tire mountain, jumping on the pillows and more. They were smiling and laughing, and PLAYING. It was so great to see. That’s why we do what we do here at the Kraay Family Farm.