Fall Fun at Basse’s Taste of Country
If you, like me, love all things fall, then a trip to Basse’s Taste of Country in Colgate, WI is definitely in order. This farm has absolutely every fall activity you could possibly imagine!
My son and I took a drive to meet my Mom at Basse’s a couple of weeks ago to spend a Saturday afternoon at the farm. We felt it would be a good way to see each other and spend some time together in a safe way. While there are some great fall fun farms in our area, my Momma still lives in Racine, where I grew up. So, we were looking for a place to meet that was about half way for each of us.
After poking around on the internet, I found Basse’s which seemed like the perfect place to meet up. Colgate, which is near Waukesha, is about an hour and 15 minute drive from Madison and an hour from Racine. And let me just say, it was totally worth the drive.
Basse’s is family owned and operated. Their Fall Festival started September 19th and runs through October 31st. We went on opening day, which was absolutely beautiful, with sunny skies and a high of 65 degrees.
The Fall Festival, like many others, featured a pumpkin patch and corn maze. However, there were many more activities throughout the farm, including several I haven’t seen elsewhere, like pig racing and a dog show. In fact, they have more than 65 fun fall activities to offer visitors, along with a country store chalk full of fall treats and decorations!
We took advantage of many of the activities offered, including the Ropes Course, Tractor Pull, Tug of War, Peddle Cars, Rat Racers, Ball Zone, and Bull Riders. They even offer several activities that are designed specifically for adults as well, including a Bouncy Mat (called the Pumpkin Pillow), Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four, Corn Hole, and a Bier Garten, to name a few. There were two different corn mazes too. A smaller one for the littles and another for adults that is cut into the shape of a Pac-Man game. So, they truly do offer something for everyone.
In addition to the regular attractions, Basse’s offers several special events during Fall Festival weekends. Pig races are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.. They were great fun! Dog shows are offered on select weekends only and are also generally offered at three separate times. Evidently in October, there are other show options as well, including an Exotic Animal Show running this weekend, and a Wild West Showdown next weekend. So, you definitely get a bit more bang for your buck with the special attractions they offer at Basse’s!
Speaking of bucks, Basse’s is a cashless location. So come prepared to use a credit card to pay for your tickets and treats while there. You can buy tickets in advance online, however, that does not guarantee admission. Therefore we just bought them when we arrived.
Pricing varies depending on when you visit. The Fall Festival runs Monday-Friday from 1:30-5:30 p.m. and is $11.99 per person on weekdays; and runs from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on weekends, for $15.99 per person. Your ticket price includes all activities, with the exception of pony rides, u-pick pumpkins, and apple blasters, which are extra. Kids 2 and under are free. Last admission is 4:30 p.m. daily. We were there for about 4 1/2 hours, so if you want to soak up as much fun as possible, plan on spending a full day!
Food is available throughout the farm as well, including burgers and brats at the Hill Billy Smoke House; caramel apples and apple cider slushies at the Caramel Apple Wedge Hut; and food trucks featuring tator tots, grilled cheese, and wood fired pizzas. They also had some of the best kettle corn I’ve ever had! They do not allow carry-in food, so plan accordingly.
Basse’s did have COVID-19 precautions in place, such as requiring masks for any indoor activities. We did not go indoors for anything aside from a visit to the country store on our way out where we bought some apple cider to take back home. You can learn more about their COVID safety plans here.
If you are looking for a fall activity that would be fun for the whole family, I would definitely recommend you pay Basse’s a visit! My kiddo is 5 years old and absolutely loved it. It was good, wholesome fun for everyone!
Happy Fall Y’all!