MOORE — The sounds of table saws whined under the hot Oklahoma sun on a Thursday morning at Orr Family Farm. Hammers can be heard pounding away, too. Not to be forgotten are the beeping sounds of construction trucks and other heavy equipment.
Not a usual sound heard on the farm in the late summer, but a sound that the family-oriented attraction has heard plenty since being hit by the May 20 tornado that ripped through south Oklahoma City and Moore.
The events of May 20 might have been several months, but for Dr. Glenn Orr, managing member of Orr Family Farm, the emotions are still there. Relying heavily on faith and the support of people not only in the surrounding communities, but all over the nation, Orr Family Farm will reopen Sept. 28. A grand reopening celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.
About three days after the tornado that ripped through the farm, Orr was asked if he would rebuild the iconic attraction that opened in 2003.
“I said, ‘If it were just me, I’m 81 year’s old, I would have said no, I would not rebuild.’ But there’s so much more involved. The family, of course, but more importantly the patrons themselves. There expressions of love and immediate outpouring of prayers, we had no choice, we had to rebuild,” Orr said.
And rebuild they did. The property has made several improvements and changes. The main barn is now an enlarged event barn featuring a catering area for weddings and corporate retreats. The Sweet Shoppe is now called The Grill and will serve hamburgers and turkey legs. Mining for gems is now called Panning for Gems and will feature a reconfigured trough. The Amazin’ Maze, a 5,000 square foot maze that was a total loss, has been replaced by the Farm Fun Yard with a giant chess set, miniature tractors and tetherball.