Knobelís Country Petting Farm will open for the season with an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 19. Pictured left to right are Terri Flicek, Andrew Monjaraz, owner of the farm Donna Knobel holding Isaac Monjaraz, Lorraine Flicek and Elaine Hanenberger. Photo by Tara Lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
Knobel's Country Petting Farm will officially open for the season, with an Easter egg hunt on April 19.
Children will have the opportunity to play with baby chickens, rabbits, play games and search around the farm for Easter eggs.
Donna Knobel opened her farm to guests last fall and it was so well received that she decided to make it into a permanent business. "Watching the kids interact with animals is just a joy," she said. "A lot of kids don't have the opportunity to see these animals up close so it's nice to give them the opportunity."
Guests to the farm will have the opportunity to see geese, turkeys, guinea hens, miniature donkeys, miniature horses, goats, a lamb, peacocks, three different breeds of rabbits and a hedgehog.
Donna left her career in manufacturing management and wasn't sure what direction she wanted to do career-wise, but she knew she wanted to do something different. She slowly started buying different animals for her farm and had a lot of friends bring their children out to see them.
"My mom and sister kept saying I needed to open a petting farm," she said. "As last summer went by and more people started coming out and I saw how much fun the kids had, I knew I had to try it."
Last fall she held Fall Family Fun Fest and it was well received. "We started planning from there," she said.
During the week, Donna cares for two boys, Andrew, five, and one-year-old Isaac Monjaraz. Andrew has appointed himself to be in charge of doing chores for a lot of animals and takes a lot of pride in naming each new animal. "The little donkeys are my favorite," Andrew said.
"I think it's great that Andrew gets to take part in caring for the animals and learn about agriculture," Donna said. "Our hope is get other kids out here so they can experience the same things."
Donna is getting a lot of help with getting the farm ready for the season from her sister Terri Flicek, her mom Lorraine Flicek and her friend Elaine Hanenberger. "They've all been so helpful," Donna said. "I couldn't do this without all of their help."
The farm is located at 22842 530 St, rural West Concord.
It will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m. through the month of June. Starting in June the farm will be open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 12-6. Donna is taking bookings for field trips, birthday parties and other events for the summer months. For more information on the farm or to make a reservation you are asked to call Donna at 507-259-8402.
The Easter egg hunt is $8 per child. Normal admission to the farm is $6 per child with group rates and birthday party packages available.