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Dull's Tree Farm

Tree Farm Offers Something for Everybody

Movie buffs will enjoy meandering through lollipops, candy bars and other sweet confections that are a part of this year’s corn maze at Dull’s Tree Farm in Thorntown, Indiana.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the classic movie, “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” the Dulls have created a golden ticket-themed corn maze for this fall’s festival at their family farm.

“We’ve created our version of the movie’s winning golden ticket for some light-hearted, but challenging family fun,” Lucas Dull says.

The fall festival season kicks off the last weekend of September and continues every weekend in October. Events include pick-your-own pumpkins, the themed corn maze and an abundance of activities designed to keep the youngest attendees happy for hours.

Following the farm’s fall festival season is Christmas season.

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, families across the region travel to Dull’s Tree Farm to pick out and cut a Canaan fir, white pine or Scotch pine tree grown on the farm. Fraser fir trees are shipped in for those who prefer that variety as a Christmas tree.

Dull’s Tree Farm also offers U-pick flowers, an escape trail and an on-farm bed and breakfast, which is open all year, except during the Christmas season. The farm also sells homemade apple cider donuts and slushies and operates a food service business for special events.

Other annual events include an egg hunt for adults and a Christmas in July event with almost 100 arts and crafts vendors plus food trucks.

For the most recent adults-only egg hunt, the farm partnered with a local brewery. The sell-out event, which hosted 700 people, also included a Peep-eating contest.

Tom Dull and his wife, Kerry, operate Dull’s Tree Farm with their son, Lucas, and his wife, Dana. Other family members include Tom and Kerry’s daughter, Erin, and her husband, Jake, as well as their grandchildren, Eden, Kinsley, Macie, Solomon and Josie.

“We try to do things that are a little different, and educate about agriculture while entertaining,” Tom says. “We even have a pumpkin cannon that we put to good use each fall, destroying an old van.”

Before 2019, Tom farmed corn and soybeans full time, while also operating Dull’s Tree Farm.

“I decided to go from two full-time jobs to one,” he says. “We turned our grain crop operation over to our nephew, Justin, to help him grow his farm.”

In 2020, more than 25,000 people came through the farm’s agritourism business, which began in 1985.

“We were able to provide an outdoor experience for families,” Tom says. “People were ready to get out. It turned out to be our best year ever.”

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