Flannel, family and Flat Acres Farm

Nick Puckett
npuckett@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/20/20

Over the past 11 years, Mike Smith has built Flat Acres Farm into a Parker institution. The 40-acre property at Dransfeldt and Twenty Mile roads has become an almost indispensable part of thousands …

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Flannel, family and Flat Acres Farm

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Over the past 11 years, Mike Smith has built Flat Acres Farm into a Parker institution.

The 40-acre property at Dransfeldt and Twenty Mile roads has become an almost indispensable part of thousands of families in eastern Douglas County. Families from as far as Denver travel to Flat Acres Farm. A handful of families come week after week, Smith said.

“This allows families to check out and have some fun with the kids,” Smith said.

He motioned to the entrance of the farm.

“You don't see too many unhappy kids until they're right there, and they got to go,” he said.

Flat Acres Farm has been synonymous with fall in Parker since 2009. The farm has a pumpkin patch with gourds of all sizes, a hay bale maze, haunted house, rubber duck races, a petting zoo, carnival rides and a pony ride.

Caroline Lundstrom, 3, picked a few petite pumpkins from a box at Flat Acres on Oct. 18, showing it off to her mother and aunt, who remember once roaming the grounds of the farm when they were girls.

Caroline did not hesitate when asked her favorite part about the season: “All of it,” she said.

Smith keeps the capacity at 400 people, per state health requirements, and said he sometimes has to turn people away. Half his customers, he said, are first-timers.

“The last three days, we've had a line from (the entrance) almost to Twenty Mile Road all day long,” Smith said.

Smith has been enforcing public health guidelines and said he has had one complaint since he opened Sept. 26. The state health department does not require masks to be worn at most of the facility, which is outdoors. Still, about 70% of people wear masks anyway, Smith said.

Flat Acres Farm is open Thursday-Sunday through Halloween from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for people ages 3-64 are $15. Tickets for seniors ages 65 and up are $5. Kids under 2 are free. For more information, visit flatacresfarm.com.

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