Summer has come and gone. Bring on the Fall fun! Dakota Carriage Company’s Fall festival, located just 5 miles North of West Fargo has lots to offer as the leaves change. In addition to their horse-drawn rides, Dakota Carriage Company also features a popular pumpkin patch to visit. Families can choose their own pumpkins to carve for Halloween and enjoy Fargo’s largest Fall Festival at the same time. Dakota Carriage has over 25 unique and fun attractions that appeal to kids of all ages.
Steeped in Tradition
Dakota Carriage Company has been family-owned and operated for over 50 years. The farm where the business resides has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. Currently, four generations of the Hoglund/Kraft family run and work the business which offers fun all year long. Sari and Derik Kraft, from the 3rd generation of Dakota Carriage family, are currently leading the way.
“Jim and Lorraine Hoglund (my grandparents) started the company with horse-drawn hayrides on their farm,” explained Sari Kraft, current president of Dakota Carriage Company. “He farmed with the Clydesdales and when he purchased a tractor, he did not want to part the horses so he found a new way for them to earn their keep!”
Sari’s mother, Mary Hoglund came up with the idea for the pumpkin patch as a way to bring in business when hayrides were slow.
“Today the business is a year-round adventure!” Kraft exclaimed.
Dakota Carriage Company has a whole array of unique experiences for many occasions. The main focus is their Fall festival, summer kid camps and horse drawn rides for any occasion. They offer many unique options for children and adults alike. There are many styles of vehicles powered by the horses, from an authentic stagecoach to elegant carriages. The grand wagon gets decked out for the holidays and features beautiful lights so that riders can enjoy the magic after dark.
In the summer months, Dakota Carriage Company offers day camps for kids ages five and up. The weeklong programs let kids learn about farm life and horseback riding. Children interact with different animals such as cows, goats, horses and chickens and enjoy arts and crafts and other fun outdoor activities. There are one-day experiences as well for kids who want to check out the farm but don’t want to commit to an entire week of camp.
The Fall Festival at the Dakota Carriage Company pumpkin patch runs from September 17th- October 30th. There are over 25 attractions included from a petting zoo, barrel train car rides, 10 acre corn maze, big bale climb, and bale maze to corn dig, story book forest, miniature golf and campfire. There are of course always horse drawn wagon rides and picture opportunities galore. Added attractions for the 2016 Season include; the corn maze extended from 5 to 10 acres, Chicken Corner and the year of the giant bales. The gate price is $7 for everyone ages two and up, and includes 25 attractions on the farm.
With the expansion of a larger corn maze Dakota Carriage Company now offers a Non-Haunted corn Maze Friday Nights in October from 7:00-10:00. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to bring their parents or tag along with their youth group or club for a night of moonlight fun. The cost is only $5 per person; bring a flashlight.
New for 2016
Dakota Carriage Company will be offering scenic sleigh rides at The Pumpkin Patch starting after Thanksgiving. For more information, check out www.dakotacarriagecompany.com or call 701-347-4069.
By Rachelle Gordon