PHOENIX, Ore--- Covid-19 first touched down in Oregon about eight months ago, and since then hundreds of business have had to shut down or were greatly affected by cancellations. Pheasant Farms was one of those businesses.
"The coronavirus has had a significant impact on what we do," said Ric Reno who is the owner of the farm. "It's been affected like any other business has."
Reno has been farming his entire life and started the Harvest Festival and pumpkin patch about 16 years ago, just on the outskirts of Phoenix.
"I'm a sucker for pumpkins," Reno said.
According to Reno, the business had most of its wedding and all of its company events cancelled because of the coronavirus. However, he said that a large number of those weddings and company events were rescheduled for summer 2021.
But the toll that those cancellations had on the business, have been significant.
"We speculate that we're probably looking at something along the lines of a 50% decrease," said Reno. "All we can do is the best that we can."
Business during the fall season is also one of the busiest times for the farm. With a large pumpkin patch, a corn maze, hay-bail rides and more, loads of children would come to the location to have fun. This would normally include school tours in which make up a large chunk of business during the week. But with the coronavirus putting most schools online and tour trips cancelled, the business is taking another large hit.
"We have lots of school kids come through here between, you know, on the weekdays, Monday through Friday," said Reno. "And that simply doesn't exist right now."
The business has followed all Oregon guidelines including social distancing, people wearing face masks and having plenty of hand-washing stations. And the business has even found a unique way to limit the amount of people that can be on the property at one time during the weekends.
"The business has done what it can do to track and limit the amount of people on the property," said Reno. We've been doing that by selling their tickets online and having people make appointments."
Now even with the damages that the coronavirus has done and the damages of the Almeda Fire have put on the area, the community has come together to show their support of the farm.
Last week, the business sold out of all of its tickets during the weekend.
"It means a great deal," said Reno. "I have had a number of people who have come up and just said were so thankful that you guys survived the fire and we're grateful that you guys are open this year."