Hayrides are a popular and enjoyable attraction for visitors at agritainment/agritourism farms as well as at many other entertainment facilities such as family entertainment centers and parks in the Fall. However, hay wagon rides can be extremely dangerous if not operated safely. Our research shows that since the year 2000, hayride accidents have caused 167 injuries and the death of at least 22 people including 14 children.
Over our company's 25 years of agritourism/agritainment consulting and design work, we have visited very few existing farm operations that were safely operating their hayrides. We have always made it our first priority to advise our clients on needed improvements to make their hayrides safe. And fortunately, most followed our advice, making a visit to their farms much safer.
Here's a summary of essential safety procedures every farm or venue that operates a hayride should follow:
Hayrides are a great fun attraction for visitors. Just make sure you take the time and effort to operate yours safely.
Randy White is the CEO of the Kansas City, MO-based White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group consulting and design firm that works with all types of agritourism and agritainment farms. Randy was been working with agritourism/agritainment farms for over 25 years. Randy can be reached email@example.com or at 816.931-1040, ext. 100.