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Posted on October 3, 2013

These days most people take pictures on their smart phones.  Why not?  It’s so convenient and is such an easy way to capture moments with your family!  One of the best places to catch those fun moments: The Pumpkin Farm

So, in order to help you get the best pictures from your Pumpkin Farm trip, here are some tips and tricks for taking the best photos with your iPhone.
PHOTO TAKING TIPS:
:: Watch your light!  The sun is your friend.  Good light means good photos.  If it is too dark they will turn out grainy.  Lucky for you, most of the pumpkin farm activities are outside.  Just make sure that your kiddo’s faces aren’t in the shadows.  The best way to make sure of this is to place your back to the light/sun.  That way the light is shining on your subjects.
:: Focus! Tap the persons face on the screen to focus (or whatever you are wishing to focus on).  You don’t want that smile to be blurry!
:: Snap, Snap, Snap Away!  It is best to take multiple photos of the same shot (the iPhone is great for this!)  Kids move a lot and look in different directions.  By taking several photos, chances are one of them will be a gem!
:: Get Up Close and Personal!  Don’t be afraid to get close to your subject.  Fill the frame to avoid extras.  This avoids having to do crops where you lose a lot of the photo quality.
:: Be Silly!  Make faces, do a goofy dance move, whatever it takes to get the best faces!  Yes, you might be making a fool of yourself, but you’ll get better pictures for it – trust us! ;o)

EDITING APPS:
After you are done taking your photos, now it is time to edit.  Today there are a ton of apps available to download that make editing a breeze (and really fun!).  Here are a few of our favorites!
:: Afterlight – This is a great app for basic editing.  You can enhance, crop, brighten, and sharpen your photos all within this app.  It also has great filters and frames.
:: A Beautiful Mess – This app is a lot of fun!  Add filters, doodles, and phrases to add some pizazz to your photos.
:: Rhonna Designs – This is another great app to add personality to your photos.  Our favorite thing about this one is the vast variety of phrases that are available.
:: PicFrame – This app is for creating photo and video collages.  You can add up to nine photos or videos.
:: PicStitch – Another great collage tool!  This one offers a wide variety in your frame options.
:: PicPlayPost – The original app that allows you to combine your photos and videos into one image.  Great to use before posting to Instagram!
:: Flipagram – This app allows you to create a slideshow of your photos before sharing them on Instagram.
Awesome new apps are coming out everyday.  To find them, go to your App Store.  Click “Top Charts” at the bottom of the screen.  Then click “Categories” in the top left corner, scroll down and select “Photo and Video.”  From there you can see the top apps, both free and paid.

SHARING YOUR PHOTOS:
Now it’s time to share them!  We love when our guests share their photos with us online.  There are two ways to do this:
:: Instagram – Use our hashtag #FaulknersRanch
or
:: Facebook – After you upload your photos, tag Faulkner’s Ranch.

For some more advice on getting the best pumpkin patch photos visit here and here!

Follow these tips and tricks, and you’ll be sure to have some photos that will make you feel like you are back at the Pumpkin Farm again!

Have a great day, ya’ll!

~ Your Friends at Faulkner’s

Posted on October 2, 2013
Yesterday we shared with you some helpful tips and tricks to make the most of your trip to the Pumpkin Farm.  Today we are doing a little more to make sure that you have the best time ever when you come to see us by giving you a checklist with some things you might want to bring.
  • Camera or Camera Phone – Gotta be sure to capture all of those fun moments!  Make sure it is fully charged the night before.  You might even bring some extra camera batteries just in case.
  • Purse/Backpack/Diaper Bag
  • Stroller or Wagon – At Faulkner’s Ranch, we are stroller friendly!  Paved sidewalks lead to almost every attraction making it easy to get around.
  • Hand Sanitizer – We have hand sanitizer stations (those goats can get pretty sloppy when they eat sometimes), but it is always a good idea to have your own, especially if you would like to avoid the line.
  • Jacket/Coat/Hat/Gloves – You never know what the weather is going to be like in October in Kansas City.  That is why we recommend dressing in layers.
  • Comfortable Shoes – With the variety of activities that are offered at the ranch, we recommend wearing close-toed, comfortable shoes.
  • Sunglasses/Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Coupons – Have you seen the one in KC Parent magazine?
  • Extra Money – You’ll need this for pumpkins, food, gift shop items, and certain extra attractions (i.e. face painting, pony rides, etc.)
  • Towels for the Car – We have a Pumpkin Wash station to get your pumpkins nice and shiny before you bring them home.  However, it is still a good idea to bring a towel to place them on so that you don’t get any dirt on your car floor.
And of course, don’t forget to bring all of your Pump-KIN!  Faulkner’s Ranch is a great place to bring the whole family.  After all, we are a family-owned and run business.  In our opinion, the more family the merrier!
We hope this list is helpful!  If you think of anything else to add, please let us know!
Have a great day, ya’ll!  See you out at the ranch soon!

Posted on October 1, 2013
YEE-HAW!! We heard that you are planning a trip to 
We want to make sure that you have the best time ever when you visit the ranch, so we’ve put together a list of our favorite tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your visit.
Get ready to have some fun, folks!
  1. First things first, take a look at our weekend events calendar and pick a weekend that interests you.  Each weekend has a different theme, along with special guests and performances.  
  2. Dress accordingly!  Ya’ll know October in the Midwest – it’s a fickle month.  It can be hot to trot or chilly chilly (all in the same day too!).  The weather can be pretty unpredictable, so it is best to dress accordingly.  If it is by chance one of those typical fall days, it is best to dress in layers.  That way if you get warm doing all of the activities, you can just take off your sweater or jacket.  Also, wear comfortable, close-toed shoes.  While there are sidewalks leading to almost every activity, it is best to wear shoes that get along good on all turf.
  3. Come hungry!  One of the things that we pride ourselves the most in is our DELICIOUS BBQ.  Enjoy your meal in our banquet barn, out under the pavilion, or in the shade at one of our picnic benches.  We’ve got something for everyone – just take a look at our menu!
  4. Make a pumpkin plan!  Talk with your family about what you would like to do with your pumpkins this year.  Are you planning on carving them or painting them?  Maybe you’d like to make a fun fall display in your front yard?  If you know ahead of time, then you will be able to pick the best pumpkins for your project. { Click Here To Read Our Pumpkin Picking Tips }
  5. Get that camera ready!  The pumpkin farm is the perfect place for a photo op.  Make sure that you camera or iPhone is fully charged and ready to go so you don’t miss a shot.  It’s even a good idea to pack that extra battery just in case.
  6. Got little walkers?  Feel free to bring in your stroller or wagon.  The ranch is equipped with sidewalks that lead to each activity that make it very accessible.
  7. Make sure you allow enough time to do everything.  In addition to our attractions, we also have special performances on the weekends.  Be sure to give yourself at least a few hours to enjoy the amenities, catch the shows, and grab something to eat.
  8. Got allergies?  The farm is full of animals, hay, and grass.  All fun things until you add allergies into the mix, so be sure to plan accordingly and take medicine beforehand if needed.
  9. Check out our coupons and special deals! Pick up a copy of KC Parent Magazine or visit their site for a special discount code.  We also offer special deals on certain weekends, i.e. Grandparents Weekend (October 6 & 7) – Grandparents receive 1/2 off admission with the purchase of a grandchild’s admission.
  10. Start a tradition!  One of the things that we love the most about the pumpkin farm is seeing the same families each year and watching them grow.  If this is your first trip to the pumpkin farm, or even if it isn’t, pick something that you can do each time you come back.  Maybe it is taking a picture in a certain place or finding the biggest pumpkin.  Traditions lead to wonderful memories and that is what Faulkner’s Ranch is all about!
Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you make the most of your visit!  
We can’t wait to see you out on the farm!
Have a great day, ya’ll!
Posted on

Today is a big day here at Faulkner’s Ranch!

Not only is it the opening day of our 2013 Pumpkin Season (can we get a YEE-HAW!), but it is also our 2nd Blogiversary!
That’s right!  Exactly two years ago we began sharing our pumpkin tips and tricks with you.  From there we started our Word From the Herd, our Picnic Planning Tips series, Wedding Wednesdays, Oh So Pinteresting Saturdays, and more!
Now, over 361 posts later and 80,000 page views, here we are!
Of course, this blog wouldn’t be a success without someone very special…

YOU!

Yes, you – our wonderful, faithful, and fun readers!
So
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU
for always stopping by!
Now stay tuned, cause we are about to celebrate our 14th Annual Pumpkin Season with a Pumpkin Party – blogstyle
Have a great day ya’ll!
~ Your Friends at Faulkner’s


PS – Don’t forget to check out our 2013 Pumpkin Season lineup!
Posted on December 2, 2012
Every year, a week or so after the Pumpkin Season has come to the close, when everyone has had a chance to re-group, re-fresh, and start to miss each other, we have a special little tradition that takes place here at the ranch:
Our Scarecrow Luncheon.
At this special get-together, we like to honor our fearless scarecrow tour guides are joined by invited guests, cashiers, our trusty hayride driver, and the PPP’s (aka Pumpkin/Parking/and Pavilion Helpers).
So of course, we wanted to share with you all about just how amazing they are!
After all, these awesome people deserve more recognition than we could ever give them!
This yearly tradition is always a blast and this year was no exception!
As usual, the luncheon started with a little mixing, mingling, and catching up.
Next it was time to bless the food and dig in!
This year we served our new Holiday Buffet to include our smoked sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamy corn, green salad with feta, red onion, and cranberries tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette with warm yeast rolls and butter.  Yummmmmm!!!! So good!
Of course, there can never be enough food!
Our scarecrows are simply the best and brought pumpkin desserts ranging from Karen’s homemade pumpkin pie to Betty’s pumpkin cream cheese cake!
After our delicious lunch it was time for the special program and awards.  The program began with a few slides of our beautiful pumpkin patch and recognition to all that made it possible.
Fransisco Guzman was recognized for his outstanding work in the field this year.
Visitors to the patch really enjoyed the addition of the birdhouse gourds, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and variety of sunflowers that he planted.  He is also the one with the green thumb that helped two of our pumpkins grow bigger than we ever expected. You might recall that we even had a Facebook guessing game contest to guess the weight where the winner won a free pumpkin!
Fransisco was also called up to share his story about his special pumpkin hybrid from Mexico.  You see, two years ago he brought back from his native country a handful of Indian Pumpkin Seeds.  Indian Pumpkins are grey in color and make the best seeds for toasting and eating – a love that both Fransisco and Christine share.  The first year he planted them he got 4 plants and 2 pumpkins.  This year he planted them again and got several pumpkins, but the most interesting part of the story is that now the pumpkins have crossed and made their own variety!
We owe so much to Fransisco and his crew, Antonio and Pedro, for all that they do.  Their hard work in the patch is what brings so much joy and excitement to the many school children that visit throughout the season and search for the perfect pumpkin to take home from their field trip to Faulkner’s.  
Another highlight of the program included a slide show from the season set to the song “We Are Family”.  Although our scarecrows and staff are not related by blood, we can’t help but feel that they are.  We could not host 10,000 school children in 20 days without this amazing, caring, smart, funny, compassionate team that works together for the common cause of sharing our love children and pumpkins!
To close the ceremony, each scarecrow and Farm Loneman (our wonderful hayride driver) was given a special pumpkin with a number on it.  The number represented the number of years that they have worked at Faulkner’s.  It is amazing to think that our 2012 team had 68 total years of pumpkin experience together!
Christine said, “As I totaled up the years I couldn’t have been more proud to know that each school child and teacher that visited the Ranch this pumpkin season was in such good hands.  We even tallied the number of hayrides that Farmer Loneman had given throughout his 13 years – 10,920!!!
Incredible!”
Tracy – 1 year, Glenna – 1 year, Jennifer -1 year, Morgan – 1 year, Pam – 3 years, Nona – 7 years, Karen – 11 years, Betty -13 years, Farmer Loneman – 13 years
The rest of the luncheon was spent sharing funny stories that are now wonderful 2012 Pumpkin Season memories!
In conclusion, we just can’t thank our awesome team enough for their hard work and dedication!  It’s humbling really to be surrounded by such wonderful people that have the best interest of our business in mind on a daily basis.  We just can’t thank you enough!
Have a great day ya’ll!
Posted on November 15, 2012
Have you ever heard how the Faulkner family began their family business?
It may surprise you that it all began over 50 years ago with a little dosey doe!
That’s right!
It all started in the 1950’s when Bud and Mary Faulkner began teaching square and round dancing lessons!
Bud and Mary Faulkner
While Bud was the caller, Mary recruited people for the classes.  The classes were such a success that there was an actual shortage of square dance apparel in the Kansas City area!
Mary seized the opportunity and started ordering square dance shoes, petticoats, pantaloons, and dresses which she would sell out of their house. One day, Bud came home from his full time job, hoping to lay down for a nap, only to find a group of women at the house shopping away.
It was the very next day that Bud found the location at 7914 Wornall Road to open Kansas City’s first square dance apparel store.
Faulkner’s Western Store
To this day, the Faulkner family still loves to pay tribute to the dance that started it all.  Hence why this year they invited the Crazy Eight Square Dancing Club to perform at the Pumpkin Farm.
The Crazy Eights Square Dancing Club performed at the Pumpkin Farm this October.
To read more about how the Faulkner’s grew into the family business they have today, click here.
Have a great day ya’ll and stay tuned for more fun from Faulkner’s!
Posted on November 8, 2012
Thank you everyone for another wonderful Pumpkin Season!
A good time was had by all and we couldn’t have done it without you!
Check out some of our favorite moments from our 
2012 Pumpkin Season!
The fun isn’t over yet though!
Check out what we have in store for the rest of 2012!
and
Have a great day ya’ll!
Posted on October 23, 2012
Our creative genius, Lisa, has done it again!
Check out these adorable Mini Pumpercase Living Pumpkins that she created!
They’re for sale in the Harvest Barn for just $2.00 a pumpkin!
Come pick some up today to make the perfect fall centerpiece or mantle display!
Have a great day ya’ll!
Posted on October 18, 2012
Remember when we told you that Joel Nichols from KMBC 9 News Kansas City came by the ranch for some Pumpkin Season fun?
Well, just in case you missed it when it aired this past Sunday, here he is is having a rip roarin’ good time!
Joel Nichols interviewing our spokesperson, Corey!
ENJOY!
Have a great day ya’ll!

PS – For more videos of Faulkner’s Ranch, click here!
Posted on October 5, 2012
Remember when Joel Nichols visited the ranch back in September!
Well, our favorite hilarious weatherman was back this week to have some Pumpkin Season fun!
Here he is interviewing Corey, our spokesperson!
Tune into KMBC 9 News on the morning of Sunday, October 14th to see what these two were chatting about!
And just in case you missed it, CLICK HERE to see Joel horsing around at the ranch back in September.
We told you he was hilarious folks!
Come have fun like Joel did out at the ranch this weekend for Wild Western Weekend!
Remember, if you wear a cowboy hat you get $1.00 off admission!
Have a great day ya’ll!

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