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Leaving Meridian, Farmstead announces new location for 2019 and beyond

The Farmstead celebrated its last season on its high-profile site at I-84 and Eagle Rd. this year – but a new location is on deck.

In a news release, festival owners Hilary and Jim Lowe announced the maze and related activities would set up shop about eight miles to the south. The festival is moving to 2500 S. Eagle Rd. in Kuna, near Mora Rd. The new farm is 178 acres, in contrast with the 52-acre I-84 location.

Since 1997, the maze and festival has been held at four different locations according to the Lowes – including two stints at I-84 and Eagle Rd.

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“At more than triple the size, the Kuna farm offers room to grow and a rural destination consistent with the farm-centered experience which is a hallmark of the Farmstead experience,” the couple said in a release. “Additional acreage will allow for proper crop rotations, room to add attractions, and space to accommodate increased attendance. Land ownership will allow facility improvements in years to come.

As BoiseDev first reported in November, the I-84 site will host office, retail and hotel uses under development by Ball Ventures Ahlquist. The project will break ground this spring.

The Farmstead now employs nearly 200 people each season, as well as full-time managers. Features for the fall event include the maze, pumpkin patch, food and drink, activities and more. The festival has seen extensive local and national coverage – including an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2016.

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Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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