A small tourist attraction outside of Lumsden is honouring the men and women that saved their farm just a few short months ago.
Happy Hollow, formerly known as Pumpkin Hollow, almost burned on April 26th when a grass fire spread through the valley toward the farm.
Tiffany Schaefer owns Happy Hollow. She said the week of the fire was when the crew at the farm was planning their corn maze design.
“We didn’t know what to do, and then the fire happened, and it was just like, ‘wow, we should really switch it up and do a dedication to everybody that helps us; the fire department, and the whole community,” Schaefer said. “We kind of sketched up a little thing that we wanted and we just fell in love with what we came up with.”
Schaefer said the fire wasn’t much of a worry until the wind picked up and took the fire towards the house.
“Before you know it, it was ‘leave now,’ and my kids kids were gone quite a bit earlier, and tried to just take as much stuff as we could from the house, the important stuff, and then just kind of waited it out,” Schaefer said. “We then found out our garage was gone, the tractor, which we used a lot with happy hollow (was lost in the fire).”
Schaefer also said hiking trails were also burned in the fire, but the house, the corn maze, and jumpin pillow areas were saved.
A special event on Saturday, September 29th, sees $1 from every ticket sold going towards the fire department for what they did on that day.