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Local farm revamps fall season due to pandemic

Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm in Pleasant Hill made some changes to their traditional fall season

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 3:30 PM
Updated: Oct 7, 2020 5:27 PM

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. -- Bob and Lynn Schutte have owned Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm for 34 years. 

When coronavirus cancelled all planned wedding and school field trips, their 2020 plans took a change of course.

"We had to reminagine what we could to draw people to the farm," Lynn Schutte said.

So, they created a weekly schedule. Each week day, Monday through Friday has a special theme or promotion like how Friday's are Harry Potter Day.

Despite the creativity, Schutte says business numbers aren't quite the same.

"It's a little bit slower than last year and we're moving on," he said. "It's better than wedding season with no customers at all."

To help make up some of the lost revenue, the Schutte's are charging an entry fee for the first time ever.

Whether you go to the farm to get lost in the corn maze or pick your own pumpkin, the number one requirement is that your face must be covered by wearing a mask.

"You wanna come to our farm and have a good time? Wear your mask." Schutte said.

Additonal employyes are posted throughout the property to monitor that customers are wearing masks and following social distancing protocols.

For more information about Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm's hours and specials, you can check out their Facebook page.

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