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JCPRD hayrides open for booking on Friday

Fall is time for changing leaves, warm campfires and delicious apple cider. Enjoy all three during a JCPRD hayride!

This year’s organized hayrides for groups begin Sept. 20 and the first of two public hayrides for individuals or families is scheduled for Sept. 28. Both types of hayrides let participants enjoy the crisp autumn air and conclude with a warm campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await.

Group hayrides are now being scheduled for dates between Sept. 20 and Nov. 23 in Shawnee Mission Park or in Heritage Park. Hayrides take place seven days a week at Oak Ridge in Shawnee Mission Park, and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Heritage Park. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride.

JCPRD hayrides are tractor-drawn, last approximately one hour, and are followed by a one-hour campfire. The cost is $6.50 per person or a minimum of $75 when there are 12 riders or less. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per 10 children is required.

Prime hayride dates are from mid-October to mid-November, and these fill quickly, so be sure to sign up early for your best choice of dates. For scheduling and information, call 913-831-3359.

For individuals or families wishing to participate in a hayride without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or juggling multiple schedules, two Public Hayrides are also being offered this fall.

The first Public Hayride of 2014 takes place on Sept. 28, while the second is set for Nov. 2. Both take place on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge in Shawnee Mission Park. The cost is also $6.50 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required. To register, call 913-831-3359, or go to www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and do a barcode search for 23718 for the Sept. 28 hayride or 23719 for the Nov. 2 hayride.

The Oak Ridge area in Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee. Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe.