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  • Photos by Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Eva Ruiz, 5, plays in the corn pit at the Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival on Sunday. Following more than a month of fall fun, the festival's last day was Sunday.

  • Parents keep an eye on their children as they climb Straw Mountain at the festival on Sunday. Children were also able to enjoy pumpkin painting, hayrides and a corn maze during their visit.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Tonya Schroeder with daughter Charlotte, 1, enjoys the jump pad while spending time at the Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival on Sunday. The event included interactive educational tours of a working dairy farm, corn maze, straw mountain, corn crib play area, games, hayrides, a bonfire and more.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Luka Beemer, 10, climbs up the stairs so he can get to the slide on the other side while spending time at the Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival on Sunday. The event included interactive educational tours of a working dairy farm, corn maze, straw mountain, corn crib play area, games, hayrides, a bonfire and more.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Onalea Moniaci, 1, enjoys the jump pad while spending time at the Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival on Sunday. The event included interactive educational tours of a working dairy farm, corn maze, straw mountain, corn crib play area, games, hayrides, a bonfire and more.

Monday, October 23, 2017 1:00 am

Soaking in the fall festival

Dairy farm offers fun for all ages

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Giant straw bale by giant straw bale, Casey Shafer and his nephew Lachlan Feinberg inched higher and higher Sunday until they reached the summit of Straw Mountain at the Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival.

“We made it. We're at the top,” Shafer called out and posed while his sister took photographs of him and the 2-year-old at his side.

The mountain wasn't the only attraction abuzz with activity. The northwest Allen County farm crawled with families for the festival's final weekend of the season.

More than 20,000 people attended the fifth annual festival since it opened Sept. 16, said Sarah Kuehnert of Kuehnert Dairy Farm.

With various activities – including a jump pad, a corn maze, a hayride, pumpkin painting and ninja warrior courses – she said fun could be had by anyone, whether 2 or 92.

“There's something here for everyone,” she said.

At the pumpkin patch – where pallets of pre-picked Indiana-grown pumpkins awaited buyers – Wade Parrett helped his daughter Sylvia, 2, search among the $2 selections.

The girl was, he said, “trying to decide which one to pick.”

Meanwhile, Bailee Osborne found delight in the corn pit. While other children played in the kernels with toys and waited for a turn down the slide, the 16-year-old buried her cousin with shelled corn.

“We've done pretty much everything so far,” she said, noting they were celebrating her aunt's birthday.

The festival has become a tradition for Lindsey Feinberg's family, she said after snapping the photos of her son and brother, Casey Shafer.

“It's so much fun,” she said.

In addition to the activities, she said, her children enjoy trying the different milk flavors.

Salted caramel, peanut butter, strawberry, chocolate and white were the varieties sold. Visitors could also get a free bottle by completing the corn maze scavenger hunt, which asked participants 10 questions about Fort Wayne, dairy farms and the maze's theme – Star Wars.

Kuehnert said she had one goal for families visiting the festival: “just enjoy each other.”

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