North Iowa Author to Sign Books Sept. 25 during Enchanted Acres' Season Opener


There are more than 100 things to do in Iowa before you die, just ask travel enthusiast Sara Broers of Mason City. She has literally written the book on what to see and do here in the Hawkeye State.

“Iowa is home to rolling hills, beautiful state parks, lush cornfields, and architecture that is unique to the state. I was inspired by Iowa’s more than a dozen scenic highways and byways to write ‘100 Things to Do in Iowa Before You Die,’ says Sara Broers, a travel enthusiast from Mason City who has been blogging at Travel with Sara since 2008. “My book will help you plan an epic road trip. Why not start your plan this fall with a stop on Sunday, September 25th, at Enchanted Acres pumpkin patch in rural Sheffield?”

Broers will be signing copies of her book and answering travel-related questions on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Enchanted Acres. This iconic North Central Iowa farm is located at 1071 250th St., which is just two miles east of I-35 at the Sheffield Exit (exit 176) or four miles west of Sheffield on C-13.

To celebrate its 11th – and final season – one Enchanted Acres’ 2022 attractions is a corn maze in the shape of Iowa with the word “home.” Guests also can wind their way through the Fairy Forest, as well as feed goats and sheep. This North Central Iowa pumpkin farm also offers hayrides, campfire s’mores, pumpkin decorating, Books in the Barn story time led by local librarians, homemade lunches, plus a store filled with homemade jams and handcrafted home décor.

As is the tradition, each year Enchanted Acres chooses a charity to support. Last year Enchanted Acres raised funds for the West Fork Food Pantry. In 2019, thousands of dollars were raised for Retrieving Freedom Inc. (RFI) in support of a veteran from Sheffield who received a dog from RFI. Enchanted Acres also supported Make-a-Wish Iowa for six years. This year on Saturday, Oct. 1, gate proceeds will benefit Franklin County Conservation.

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