Filling the void of Pumpkinland comes the new Fields of Fun, starting its first season this year. Fields of Fun opened at the beginning of September in the outskirts of Sioux Center, and it is packed full of games and fun for everyone.
Janelle Volkers is one of the owners of the new business, along with her husband and the people who own the land. They started the business because they wanted to fill the void that Sioux County was left with after Pumkinland closed.
“We decided that people loved Pumpkinland and that we needed something like that in Sioux County,” Volkers said. “The community needs a place to go for outdoor activity and family fun, getting friends and family together outside learning about God’s creation.”
Fields of Fun has many different attractions for all ages. These include a corn maze, hayrides, a petting zoo, a coffee trailer and many more things – plus, of course, pumpkins! On Saturdays there are special activities like face painting, inflatables and pumpkin spiced donuts made by the Dutch Bakery in Orange City that can only be purchased at Fields of Fun. There is even a zonkey!
According to Volkers she has had to put in a lot of hours so far, and running this business has been very time consuming. However, she says it is worth it to see how much fun people are having and how much they enjoy it.
“We have a lot of community support which has been great, and people have really been enjoying it,” Volkers said. “So far we have been very pleased with it being our first year.”
Additionally, Volkers says they love having college students. She says they often come in the evenings to get coffee and do the maze. Groups can get a discount on the maze if they come as a group of 15 or more and call ahead.
Director of career and calling Elizabeth Pitts had the chance to take her two young kids to Fields of Fun and loved it. She says that it was a wonderful experience, and that she wants to go again.
“It focuses on the best things of the fall season,” Pitts said. “It [Fields of Fun] is appealing for absolutely anyone.”
Pitts also said she loved there were a lot of fall items for sale that were inexpensive, including décor. Plus, she says the pumpkin spiced donuts are so good that her husband went out of his way one Saturday to get them! She would highly recommend them and Fields of Fun in general.
As a result of this support as well as from the rest of the community, Volkers says they plan to continue Fields of Fun for many years. According to her, they already have ideas for next season.
“We really hope to keep this going for quite some time, God willing,” Volkers said.
The last day they are open is Oct. 31. More information about the business as well as contact information can be found on their website at https://www.fieldsoffun.net/.