On a crisp fall day just off Highway 64 in Woodruff County, people of all ages are making their way through a corn maze.
Others are traipsing through a pumpkin patch to find the perfect subject for a jack-o’-lantern or the ideal gourds for autumn decorations. Hayrides are happening, kids are active in a petting zoo and families are enjoying time together with picnic lunches.
This is a typical scene at Peebles Farm in Augusta, and it’s one of many similar sites in Arkansas, where agriculture and tourism have merged to provide many farmers with a new way to earn money.
Dallas and Katie Peebles, Arkansas Grown members, have been involved in agritourism for the past decade through their fallcentered activities that attract thousands of visitors. But the term covers a wide variety of ventures. “We’ve always just left it up to the producers to define agritourism,” says Stacey McCullough, assistant professor who oversees the agritourism program for the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agriculture.
“It could be pick-your-own, it could be the entertainment-type things in the fall, the on-farm hunting or bird-watching. It’s a broad spectrum.”
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