Since 2009 Rader Family Farms in Normal has been known for the best agri-tainment destination in Illinois. like their famous Becks Precision Planting Chick-a-Fila Flashlight MAZE and opening this season the GIANT 40 ft tall Sliding board. Join in the fun at the farm with animals, craft activities, rides in the Critter Cart, Tram and much more! You’re gonna love it. Look us up on Facebook and Instagram or RaderFamilyFarms.com or just call 309-454-6880. Find out why over 50,000 people visit Rader Family Farms in September & October. There are more than 50 different activities at the farm including a double barrel shoot slide, two corn bins, now affectionately known as Corny Bins, where kids can play in a 2-foot sea of corn kernels while parents watch through window portholes. At more than 10 acres, the corn maze is one of the largest mazes in Illinois. Its elaborate design is created each year by collaborating with the Utah based The Maize Company and planted by Precision Planting, who plants the seeds within inches of the design using GPS satellite technology.
Lynn Rader and his six younger siblings were raised on this Guernsey dairy farm by their parents, Glenn and Margaret Rader. Glenn and Margaret moved onto this farm when they were married in 1945. The family grew up milking cows and showing them in 4-H. For the past many years they have also grown and sold sweet corn in the summer and pumpkins and other produce in the fall. The pumpkin business began rather innocently when Lynn had a bumper crop of pumpkins in his garden and decided to put a hayrack out in his front yard with the extras on it to sell. That was some 20 years ago and every year since, Lynn has planted more and more varieties and has expanded his acreage to 30-plus acres. As farmers, Lynn and Linda realize how much people love and appreciate an opportunity to experience “a little bit of the country life.” We see that each new generation has less and less understanding of the rural life. We feel our farm allows guests a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from rural America while having a great time in the country. This agritourism site presents many opportunities to learn from hands-on experiences about agriculture in central Illinois, helping bridge the gap between city and country life.