“We’ve tried to come back a little bit bigger and a little bit better than we were before,” Orr said.
Another attraction of the farm was the 1974 vintage carousel. The carousel, also damaged by the storm, is being reconstructed in Kansas and was placed back in it’s original position at the farm on Sunday.
Another change in operations at The Orr Family Farm will be the hours. From Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The attraction also will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 9 and Nov. 16.
“We are not going to be open at Christmas. I know a lot of people are really going to be sad about that. But, so many of our displays were destroyed that we’ve decided not to be open at Christmas except for Christmas with Santa. We will still have to do Christmas with Santa for the kids that love to come out here,” Orr said.
Activities for the fall season include train rides, interaction with barnyard animals, the pumpkin patch, hayrides and the tornado-themed giant corn maze.
“Some positives of the tornado, we were able to make some changes we would have liked to have made anyway,” Shanain Kemp, event coordinator at the farm, said.
All the staff members from the Orr Family Farm were safe and unharmed after the tornado. Orr said that six members of the farm, seven including his beloved dog Heidi, rode the storm out in the home adjacent to the property. The Orr home received no damage, something that the patriarch believes was due to the prayer he said prior to the storm.
“After seeing all the devastation out here, I asked Shanain, ‘What did I say?’ And she said, ‘You prayed that the tornado would pass over us.’ And that’s exactly what happened because not a shingle was disturbed on that house. My next thought was, why didn’t I pray for it to pass over the farm? I shouldn’t have been so specific in my prayer,” Orr said.