Photo by Judy La Russa--see aerial video at right

Historic Hawes Farms is officially open with new fun fall festivities

By Judy La Russa

The Historic Hawes Farms located at 21923 Dersch Road in Anderson has officially open its corn maze and fall agri-tainment that promises to give patrons an opportunity for laughter during the day and screams by night. The Hawes Haunted Acres with the Dread Shed, Field of Screams (corn maze) Buried Alive and Carnival of Fear will open Friday, Oct. 7.

A few days prior to the opening, the Hawes group treated the media to an afternoon of thrills during a helicopter ride that gave them a bird’s eye view of the corn maze to observe that it is a tribute to their mom and dad—Wanda and Glenn Hawes.

This year’s lineup of fun fall festivities at the Hawes Farm will not disappoint; it will include most of the same attractions from before, but they have also added many new activities. 2011 Activities—Daytime Corn Maze, access to the Pumpkin Patch, Zip Line, Barnyard Jump, Cow Train Rides, Grain Train Rides, Farm Animals, Hawes Farms Express Railroad, Pig Races, Pizza Farm, Hay Pyramid, Pony Rides, Little Bug Land, Duck Races, Hay Bale Mini-maze, Towering Goat Walk, and Movies After Dark.  (Pony rides, and stage coach are only available on weekends.)

     Admission—$12.50 for ages 3-64 (single season pass $30); children under two are free;
seniors 65 and over are $10.00;  a farm admission Family Season Pass (4 members) is $99

Hours—4:00 to10:00 p.m. on  Fridays;  10:00 10:00 p.m. on  Saturday; and noon till dusk on Sunday.  The last three Wednesdays and Thursdays of October the Farm will be open 4:00 p.m. till dusk.

Haunted Acres–Dread Shed $10; Field of Screams $15; Buried Alive or Carnival of Fear $5each.  Special Passes: Scream Pass (all four attractions) $25; VIP Scream Pass (takes you to the front of line) $35; Thurs Night Scream Pass $20; and Season Haunt Pass $59.  Open—8:00 to10:00 p.m., Friday; 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., Saturday; and 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. on the last two Thursdays of October. If weather is a question, please call 365-8488 before leaving home. Closed Halloween night.

Special EventsOct. 7-9, 1st Annual OktoberFest and Harvest Arts and Crafts—Hours: 10am-11pm Sat; noon -8pm Sunday  Celebrating their heritage, the Hawes family will host the first annual Oktoberfest at the farm by serving authentic German food, music and beer. On the menu is Spaten German beer, Bratwurst, potato pancakes, sauerkraut,  fresh hot pretzels,  roasted chicken and  pork. The OktoberFest opens at 4:00 p.m. on Friday with a traditional keg tapping at 5:30 p.m. by Redding Mayor Missy McArthur. For non-alcohol drinkers there will be a RootBeerGarten.  There will be Harvest Arts Festival with crafts from local artisans all three days.

Oct. 9 a percentage of farm admission will benefit Anderson Historical Society & Museum barn raising fund.

     Oct. 9,–The Great Scarecrow Contest–Community friends, neighbors, school, group or a business can compete by entering a scarecrow for a chance to win cash prizes and trophies. Contest will be judged by the farm visitors and winners announced will be made on October 16.

Oct. 15–Dutch Oven Cookoff–The public is invited to sample the entries with a $5.00 donation.  Farm admission is required.  Not only can you sample the wares, but you can vote for the best dish or the most lovable cooking team.

Oct. 15–1st Annual Farmhand 5K Cross-Country Run–Historic Hawes Farms has teamed up with Healthy Shasta to have their first annual “Farmhand 5K” run at the farm.  To pre-register go to their website at

     Oct. 22-23–Western Days–See history come alive as the Law Dawgs and Pistoleros of the Olde West perform historic reenactments  of a train robbery on the Hawes Express Railroad. Other activities include; Annie Oakley demonstrations, and an old Tombstone  town shootout.   Show times noon and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, 2:00 and 4:00 pm. on Sunday. Also experience living history pre-1864 with Northern Free Trappers that will demonstrate fire starts, gun displays, hawk and knife demonstrations.

     Oct. 29-30–Miniature Trains Exhibit & Festival–Come see the Shasta Garden Railroad Society’s G Scale Model Railroad and learn about the North State’s railroad history from the Shasta Cascade Railroad Preservation Society.

For more information or advance ticket sales go to or call 365-8488.

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