Drew Jordan tugged and really tried to pick up a big orange pumpkin in the mound of pumpkins at Berry Acres Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze just west of Minot. But the pumpkin was too heavy for the 4 year old.
He tried another one and that, too, was too heavy for him.
"Dad, you pick it up," he told his father, Shane, standing nearby.
Eloise Ogden/MDN • The kids’ train, center, goes through Berry Acres where families on Sunday afternoon were picking out pumpkins to buy and enjoying the activities available there including the Bales of Fun slide, in back.
Eloise Ogden/MDN • The Willard family, of Minot Air Force Base, get their photos taken while sticking their heads out of the “Hog Wild at Berry Acres” sign by the kids’ maze at Berry Acres, west of Minot, Sunday.
Eloise Ogden/MDN • Drew Jordan and his dad, Shane Jordan, of Minot, pick out a pumpkin from one of the piles at Berry Acres, near Minot, Sunday afternoon.
Eloise Ogden/MDN • Displays of produce for sale are set up Sunday on the grounds along with the activity areas at Berry Acres, west of Minot.
Eloise Ogden/MDN • Calvin Berry, who owns Berry Acres with his wife, Ashley, drives the tractor pulling the kids’ train of cars through the area Sunday afternoon. The kids’ train is for younger children visiting Berry Acres.
Eloise Ogden/MDN • Jozey Sorenson, with her parents, Mike and Kim Sorenson, of Ross, watching, goes down a slide at the Bales of Fun at Berry Acres Sunday.
While father and son got a pumpkin, Drew's mom, Tara, watched and took pictures of them.
The Jordan family of Minot were among many families enjoying the fall sunny day on Sunday with a visit to Berry Acres, just west of Minot.
On this afternoon families from Augusta Lutheran Church in Minot also were at Berry Acres for an afternoon of enjoyment. The church was flooded last year in the Souris River flood.
So was Berry Acres, but it's back in action this year.
At the Bales of Fun, a stack of bales with slides, Jozey Sorenson had a ball sliding and then climbing back up on the bale stack to slide back down again under the watchful eye of her parents Mike and Kim Sorenson of Ross.
The Willard Family of Minot Air Force Base - Crystal and Joashua and their five children, William, 15, Alyssa, 13, Tyler, 7, Nathan, 4, and Quinn, 1, headed for the Kids' Corn Maze. There the kids stuck their heads in the "Hog Wild at Berry Acres" sign to have their picture taken.
A separate and larger corn maze at Berry Acres is sponsored by Enbridge. Other sponsors also help with the Berry Acres activities.
As families visit the various sites at Berry Acres, Calvin Berry, running the tractor, pulled the kids' train, going through the area with younger kids riding in the "cars" being pulled behind.
There are pedal carts for older kids and adults.
"We normally have hayrides but it's been too muddy lately," said Heather Anderson, Minot, who was weighing pumpkins and other items for sale outdoors that people were buying. Other items are available in the nearby produce store.
Berry Acres was started in 2010, flooded last year by the Souris River and now is open again this year, Anderson said.
Calvin and Ashley Berry, of Minot, own Berry Acres. The operation is located near Green Thumb Greenhouse owned by Terry and Kathy Hunter at 4605 County Road 15, a mile west of the Highway 83 Bypass.
"We try to stay open through Halloween," Anderson said.
Berry Acres is open Monday to Friday from noon to dark and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to dark.
There will be flashlight nights for the big maze on the last two Saturdays this month Oct. 20 and 27 from dark until midnight, said Ashley Berry.
Cost to visit Berry Acres is $6 per person with children age 3 and younger free of charge. The Kids' train ride is $1 a kid. The pedal carts are $2 per person.