Wagner Farms has introduced its newest way for the public to enjoy its hayrides, offering a way for many individuals with disabilities who couldn’t before enjoy a ride through the fields.
Wagner Farms, 5841 Old Oneida Road, created the wagon specially made for handicapped individuals, said owner Ron Wagner. The wagon has space for both wheelchairs and regular seating and has a platform in the back to lift and assist the wheelchairs onto a space provided for them.
The wagon also has steps located on its side that also lead to seating.
There are some additional features, Wagner said, that are included to both ensure the safety and comfort of all riders. Specialty lights under seats to ensure the safety of passengers when getting on and off, cup holders for beverages and outlets for phone charging are also included.
Berkshire Bank helped fund this idea for Wagner Farms and helped make it happen, Wagner added.
This new wagon has been given a special name – Lorelei.
Lorelei was the daughter of Renee Morgan, a worker at Wagner Farms, who suffered from shaken baby syndrome, Wagner said. Lorelei would often stay at Wagner Farms while her mother worked so the pair could see each other regularly.
Lorelei was loved by everyone at the farm — from staff to customers, Wagner said.
According to Sentinel archives, Lorelei’s father was convicted of violently shaking the girl when she was 16 days old.
She survived, but with serious and life-changing injuries, until she died at age 9.
Pictures of Lorelei and her mother are located on both the outside and inside of the wagon.
In memory of Lorelei’s life, Wagner said, the wagon is able to give people with disabilities a chance to enjoy Wagner Farms and the simple joy of a leisurely wagon ride with friends and family.
The wagon will be available for rides on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daytime rides and then again from 7-10 p.m. for evening rides.
The rides will also have an added benefit, Ron Wagner said. Part of the proceeds — $1 of the $5 cost of the ride — will go to the Roswell Cancer Center in Oneida for Judy Wagner, Ron’s mother and a stalwart of the farm and its farm market, to help with her battle against cancer.
More information about the wagon, Lorelei and Wagner Farms is available on the farm’s Facebook page.