Wagner Farms. 5841 Old Oneida Road, will present its newest wagon ride this summer, with the wagon being built now and expected to be complete by July in time for event season.
What makes the new wagon and ride special is that it will feature a wheelchair lift.
“The Leo (wagon) is named after the young boy in the photo whose parents sold us the wheelchair lift for this new wagon,” said Wagner Farms Owner Ron Wagner. “The wagon is named in honor of this special little boy who uses a wheelchair to get around Wagner Farms, and we’re proud to name the newest wagon after him.”
Wagner’s wagons feature Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant wheelchair lifts, proper state Department of Transportation certified securement systems, and ample spaces dedicated toward the safe secure transportation of wheelchairs and passengers around the farm, as part of the actives offered every day during the Sunflower and Haunted event season. The new wagon being built is actually going to be Leo’s favorite color and the one he can see being, “blue.”
“We met Leo’s family in Western New York this past winter when we purchased the wheelchair lift from them. After talking with Emily Nelson, Leo’s mother, we decided to name the wagon after him,” Wagner explained. “A wagon without a name is like a boat with no name. Honoring someone and their family in this way shows Wagner Farms does true, unique business and continues to be involved in the community.”
The farms is seeking donations to help offset the costs of the wagon, and to give the community a chance to be part of something special, furthering Wagner Farm’s ability to serve those with special needs. Wagner’s has been involved in offering ADA complaint events for three years now.
“Since we started doing the events, we made sure everyone who comes has access to everything we offer at all times. It is all or nothing,” said Wagner. “The public may make donations in person at the farm, follow one of our websites to the online store and donate via a purchase of a donation, or send checks to Wagner Farms at 5841 Old Oneida Road, Rome, N.Y. 13440.”
Anyone donating $100 will get a free VIP season pass for the event. Donors’ names will be placed on an individual brass tag on the wagon for all to see.
“The Leo joins our wagon ride fleet with the Lorelei, the first wagon we built, in honor of a former employee’s daughter,” Wagner said. “Ride the L’s at Wagner Farms this summer and enjoy what we have to offer the area — beautiful outdoor country views and air, plus sunflowers, mazes and much more.”