2014 Emerging Business of the Year
Pumpkin Paradise, LLC
- Owner: Steve and Janet Weidner
- Nature of Business: Pumpkin Patch and Corn Mazes
- City: Sublette
- County: Haskell
- Phone: 620-668-5680
- Business Structure: Limited Liability Company
- Business Began: 2002
- Employees: 10 (seasonal)
- KSBDC Consultant: Pat Veesart
Secret to Success:
""Be passionate about what you do and make it fun for your customers""
Steve Weidner is a 4th generation full time farmer who especially enjoys growing pumpkins. In 2002 the family decided to expand that hobby into a half acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch. They also planted a half acre corn maze. This was so successful that from 2002 to 2012 they grew to 10 acres of pumpkins and a 4 acre corn maze. They now plant over 400 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, melons and squash and a new corn maze is also designed by Steve each year. Steve and Janet Weidner contacted the GCCC KSBDC in the early years of their business to discuss marketing their venture, pricing, signage, gift shop, taxes and expanding the attractions available. "We talked about all kinds of business issues outside of the general farming business that we knew so well. It was good to know we could ask the KSBDC about anything and while they knew most of the answers, they were willing to do further research to find additional information."
Pumpkin Paradise LLC hosts school children from the area on literal field trips during the week. With the additional entertainment came more jobs. During the pumpkin season, they employ 10 people each weekend. Pumpkin Paradise, LLC has grown to include more than pumpkins and the maze. There is a gift shop, trebuchet, duck races, pumpkin checkerboard, and a mini hay baler built by Steve. There are wagon rides, a total of five mazes and more. More information about Pumpkin Paradise LLC can be found on their website: http://www.pumpkinparadisellc.com/
"We look forward to continuing our pumpkin adventure for a long time. The families who come to pick their pumpkins find so much more to enjoy and many of them come back every year!"