Pumpkins, mums, and hand sanitizer. These are the signs of fall 2020 arriving at Yenser's Tree Farm in Mahoning Township.
"It's certainly been different but I think we're ready. I think we're ready and everybody knows they can come and enjoy themselves and be safe and have a good time," said Ryan Wentz, owner of Yenser's.
The farm is preparing to open up to the public for weekends of corn mazes, hay rides, and other fall activities. This year there will be COVID-19 precautions in place.
"On our hay rides masks are gonna be required, our employees will be wearing masks, our gift shop is all marked with dots, we have our plexiglass," said Wentz.
Yenser's spans more than 13 acres so owners say there's plenty of room to spread out. For the first time, large parties will be able to reserve private picnic areas.
"They can kinda do their own thing, be separate away from the big crowds but yet have a fire pit themselves, picnic tables, electric, some lights," said Wentz.
Down the road, Foothill Farm is scaling back its usual fall festivities. Instead of opening every weekend, they're doing a few ticket-only events.
"This weekend we just had a wine event, we call it 'Wine Your Way Through the Maze' and in two weeks from now, two Saturdays, we're going to have a beer event which is 'Beer Tastings Through the Maze,'" said PJ Salerno, owner of Foothill Farm.
And safety is a top priority.
"We have hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the farm. We kept people like chairs distanced and tables and stuff like that," said Salerno.
Both farms are excited to give people an opportunity for some seasonal fun and a little bit of normalcy.
"We don't know what to expect but based on our last event we had in August we think people are anxious to be out and know they can be safe and have fun," said Wentz.
Foothill Farm's beer and corn maze festival will take place Saturday, September 26th. There are still tickets available.
Yenser's will be open starting this weekend. Families can stop by Saturdays and Sundays fthrough the end of October.