New pumpkin patch opens near Sioux Center

Corn maze, coffee, pumpkins and more are ready to go at Fields of Fun, which opened Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Jackie and Ted Altena of Sioux Center partnered with Janelle and Mark Volkers of Orange City to bring Fields of Fun to the Altena’s place at 3273 400th St., about a half mile east of Sioux Center Health on the way to Sandy Hollow Recreation Area.

“Fields” is both familiar and new as the founders had “excellent training, guiding and mentoring” for many years from Dave and Helen Huitink (Grandpa and Grandma Pumpkin) of “Pumpkinland” fame near Orange City.

The Huitinks ran Pumpkinland for almost 30 years. When it was time to call it quits, the two couples wanted to keep the strong tradition of wholesome family fun going in N’West Iowa.

“Thus, ‘Fields of Fun’ was born,” said Janelle Volkers. “There have been a lot of twists and turns along the way, but we’re thrilled to open this fall.”

One of the familiar things visitors enjoyed for many years at Pumpkinland coming to Fields of Fun is an 8-acre corn maze as well as three acres of pumpkins, squash and gourds from which people can pick their own pieces. Visitors may also choose to come and collect pumpkins, decorative corn, gourds, squash and more from the many displays.

Favorite vendors and several new ones will offer crafts for fall shopping pleasure. Baked goods may also tempt visitors.

New to the fall experience is Fields Coffee, a coffee shop parked on site Wednesday and Friday evenings as well as Saturdays that serves fresh-ground coffee from various regions of the world, be it hot, iced, in smoothies and more. Fields Coffee will serve a form of caramel apple, as well as pumpkin-spiced doughnuts on Saturdays too.

Visitors can also enjoy a hayride around the farm, RC car racing and a petting zoo. Updates will be posted throughout the fall season on the Fields of Fun website and Facebook page.

The Altenas are excited to use their property for this new venture.

“My grandfather lived on location,” said Ted Altena. “Ever since I was young, I always thought it was a great location for some kind of entertainment.”

The Altenas purchased the property in 2006.

“I always had the dream, I just didn’t know what it would be,” Ted Altena said.

Being centrally located within the county but also on the edge of Sioux Center and especially along the bike trail makes it a “superb location,” he said.

Schools are welcome to bring classes to Fields of Fun for lessons on pumpkin growing, to pick their own pumpkins and to enjoy some time on the farm. For more information or to schedule a class visit, go to www.fieldsoffun.net.

Fields of Fun hours will be: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m. -11 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 31. Special hours for groups are also available upon request.

“The goal of Fields of Fun is to provide wholesome family fun,” Volkers said. “Wednesday night youth groups, church groups, school groups and more are encouraged to come and enjoy the fall season at this unique location.”