2017

Opening Day

September 9 Buy Tickets

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day

History of Rader Family Farms

Lynn Rader and his fatherLynn Rader and his 6 younger siblings were raised on this Guernsey Dairy farm by their parents, Glenn and Margaret Rader. Glenn and Margaret moved onto this farm when they were married in 1945 when Glenn’s Aunt and Uncle moved into town. The family grew up milking and showing cows in 4-H.

In 1971 the cows were sold after Glenn passed away. The farm took on a very different look when the cows were gone. From then until the present time, Lynn and Linda have been primarily grain farmers (corn and soybeans).

Rader Brothers 4H CattleFor more than the last 20 years they have also grown and sold sweet corn in the summer and pumpkins and other produce in the fall. The pumpkin business began rather innocently when Lynn had a bumper crop of pumpkins in his garden and decided to put a hayrack out in his front yard with the extras on it to sell. That was more than two decades ago and every year since, Lynn has planted more and more varieties and has expanded his acreage. Today he has about 12 acres of sweet corn and 30+ acres of pumpkins, gourds etc..

The Raders have three married children and 8 grandchildren. Their children and spouses are all involved on some level with the pumpkin operation. Poppy Lynn looks forward to the day when his grandchildren will be able to help with the pumpkin business too.

Lynn and Linda Rader at the fairAs farmers, Lynn and Linda realize how much people love and appreciate an opportunity to experience a little bit of country life. Each new generation of US children have less and less understanding of the rural life. Rader Family Farms allows guests a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from rural America while having a great time in the country.  This farm presents many opportunities to learn from hands on experiences about agriculture in central Illinois, helping bridge the gap between city and country life.