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Local orchards still welcoming visitors for the fall season

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GALESVILLE, Wis. (WXOW) - September 1 marks the beginning of Meteorological Fall, with the official season starting on September 22. While things have been a little different recently, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the beautiful fall season.

Ferguson's Orchards in Galesville opened the orchard in late August and Co-Owner Andy Ferguson says staying closed was not how they could best serve the community.

"It's a tradition for a lot of people to come out here every fall to Ferguson's and we almost felt a duty to the community and we heard a lot from our customers who've been coming for years just hoping we were able to find a way to be open and do as much as we can and we think we've really found the right way to do that," said Ferguson.

"We've got acres and acres and you can go quite a ways and really not be by anyone else and still enjoy all the fun things we have to offer."

The orchard has things to do for people of all ages, like apple picking, pumpkin picking, petting zoo, bounce pads, slides and a new 'cow train' to take you for a ride around the grounds. All activities are structured to operate with social distancing in mind.

The orchard is open seven days a week. They've implemented extra cleaning stations and have staff specifically there to sanitize. Masks are required in all of their indoor areas.

Many other orchards in the area are also offering fall attractions, some with abbreviated hours so call ahead before you plan to go.

Click here for more information on the orchard.

Warren Sears

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