Wautoma, WI
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0:56 AM CDT
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Temperature
76°F
Dew Point
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Humidity
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Wind
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10.00 mi.
Sunrise
05:35 a.m.
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08:31 p.m.
Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 55 to 70 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 9 miles per hour from the east. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Wednesday
74°F / 54°F
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Thursday
77°F / 59°F
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Friday
74°F / 61°F
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Saturday
78°F / 62°F
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Sunday
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Monday
71°F / 48°F
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday
77°F / 54°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
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Wednesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 74 to a low of 54 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 1 and 10 miles per hour from the northnortheast. No precipitation is expected.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 71 to 74 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 6 and 10 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 71 to 59 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 1 and 8 miles per hour from the northeast. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 60 to 54 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 3 miles per hour from the southwest. No precipitation is expected.
Thursday...Temperatures will range from a high of 77 to a low of 59 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 3 and 10 miles per hour from the southsouthwest. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible.
Raising pumpkins, providing hay rides, petting zoos and rural entertainment is a family affair for the Hartwig family. Part of the family were on hand at the farm last week including Jessie and her husband Shawn Maney, Ashley and Dawn and Bob.

Raising pumpkins, providing hay rides, petting zoos and rural entertainment is a family affair for the Hartwig family. Part of the family were on hand at the farm last week including Jessie and her husband Shawn Maney, Ashley and Dawn and Bob. Photo By Gloria Hafemeister

Family the theme of Cedarburg Creek Farms

Oct. 18, 2012 | 0 comments

"Family" is definitely the theme of Cedarburg Creek Farms in Ozaukee County where thousands of children have an opportunity to experience some rural activities including petting animals, touring a corn maize or a hay-bale maize, and running out into the field to pick their own pumpkins.

The farm is truly a family effort with Bob and Dawn Hartwig, with son-in-law Shawn and daughter Jessica Maney, working together to provide seasonal entertainment.

Cedarburg Creek Farm is a business run by family, and the Hartwigs hope to spread as much joy as they get from working out in nature with their family.

"We take pride in our 'barnyard,' and all the animals are part of our family," says Bob.

He adds, "If you come out to the farm, don't be surprised if you find one or seven of our children helping out on the farm or behind the beautiful autumn scenery. Even Shawn and Jessie's two sons, who aren't old enough to spell pumpkin can tell you how to harvest one or guide you through the 'Swamper Stomper' obstacle course."

Each year we think of new ideas to improve the farm.

The idea of this type of farm started years ago working for Henry and Joan Retzlaff who operated Retzlaff Pumpkin Farm nearby.

Bob helped with hayrides, the petting zoo, harvesting and other numerous farm chores that needed to be done on an operating pumpkin farm. Dawn enjoyed working as a tour guide for school tours and helped in the pumpkin store as well.

Shawn also had his hand in helping around the farm, including the petting zoo, where he was able to provide the cow and two young fall calves.

Jessica readily offered her horses as guests in the petting zoo, and found time to serve as an alternate tour guide for the school tours, and looked after the petting zoo as well.

After the untimely passing of Henry in 2008, his wife Joan with the help of family and friends, ran the farm for two successful years, and then decided to sell.

Joan knew the two couples enjoyed and showed interest in the pumpkin farm but they both had farms, so buying another one was out of the question.

In the mean-time, Bob, Dawn, Shawn and Jessie put their heads together, bought the inflatable bouncers and hayride wagons from Joan and started working with the festivals in Cedarburg.

That was the start of Country Aire Rides, a service they provide year-around in the nearby city of Cedarburg.

After growing success at the festivals, the couples decided to grow their small business and purchase more of the Retzlaff's equipment, signs, and other items and to establish a new farm on Bob and Dawn's land located on Hwy. 60.

The Hartwigs did some research and found out that the creek that runs through the farm is called Cedarburg Creek, and thought Cedarburg Creek Farm would be a quaint name for the estate.

So the name Cedarburg Creek Farm stuck, and both couples with farming backgrounds of their own set out to share a taste of the farm life with other families just as others did before them.

Their daughter, Pam and her husband John run Pinewood Farms next to their farm. That makes it handy for the families to work together and for Pam to assist her parents during the bush fall-tour season.

A son, Matt, operates a landscape business that keeps Bob busy during other times of the year but weekends he helps serve food at the farm. Ashley helps with sales at the farm. Benjamin is in high school but helps run the hayrides on weekends.

Jody is in charge of the petting zoo. Her parents say she has named every one of the animals, including the ducks and geese. Children particularly enjoy Jennie the donkey, Elvis the alpaca and the three little pigs named Bricks, Sticks and Straw.

Another daughter, Abigail, lives in Hawaii.

During pumpkin season the farm is open every day with special entertainment featured weekends. They will complete their season this year on the last weekend of October with an antique tractor plowing demonstration Oct. 27-28, provided by the Wisconsin Antique Power Reunion.

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