Worth the Trip: Shades of Autumn Festival at Stade’s Farm

McHenry, IL

Editor’s Note: This is a personal experience from 2012. Your experience may be different. For the most current admission information, dates and hours of operation visit Stade’s Farm and Market website

Shades of Autumn is a Fall Festival at Stade’s Farm and Market in McHenry that our family has gone to every year since the kids have been old enough to enjoy it.  On the weekends, the farm is open for the whole family to enjoy all of the great activities.  The main reason to visit is to take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, pick your pumpkins, and come back to the main area. It’s a fun place to take a picture of your little ones sitting on some big pumpkins in the field.  You can also purchase pre-picked pumpkins.

Shades of Autumn Festival at Stade's Farm
© B. Honaker | Little Lake County.com | 2012

Admission includes all sorts of fun activities, the main attractions include veggie cars, climbing web, giant jumping pillow, duck races, pedal cars, observation bridge, petting zoo, pumpkin cannon, corn maze, corn cannons, barrel train, bovine befuddlement maze, inflatables, tractor-tire pyramid, tractor tire swings, and (our favorite), the corn bins.

Shades of Autumn Festival at Stade's Farm
© B. Honaker | Little Lake County.com | 2012

Another plus is the yummy food!  You can get lunch or snack there in the barn.  Don’t miss the apple cider donuts, which are our favorite.  You can also purchase fresh-picked produce from the farm market.

Shades of Autumn Festival at Stade's Farm
© B. Honaker | Little Lake County.com | 2012

Strollers are OK to bring, although it is a bit hard pushing them around the grassy area.  Just a side note, there will be a lot of standing, and walking around, as everything is spread out.  Two years ago, when we went with the family, I was pretty pregnant, and ended up having my daughter the very next day!  I attribute it to all the exercise- might have been a fluke!

Shades of Autumn Festival at Stade's Farm
© B. Honaker | Little Lake County.com | 2012

Shades of Autumn is located at Stade’s Farm and Market, which is in McHenry County, but worth the scenic drive.

Shades of Autumn at Stades Farm & Market
3709 W. Miller Rd., McHenry, IL 60051
(815) 675-6396 | Facebook | Twitter

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Becky is a life-long Lake County resident. Not one to sit at home every day, you will find her and her three kids riding in the light green minivan (NO, NEVER PLANNED ON IT!!!) on their way to someplace new or loved! She loves knitting, crocheting, skiing, and beaching it.

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2 Comments

  1. I didn’t know adults HAVE to pay. We are going this Friday so it will be cheaper, probably still a better deal for us because the kids will want to do everything any times.

  2. I love Stade’s but hate the new admission price. I think it is ridiculous that adults should have to pay $10 a piece just to get in and watch the kids play. Plus it doesn’t even get you a pumpkin! We won’t be going back this year.

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