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Who Remembers Siedel's Fun Farm?

If you lived in Strongsville in the '60s or '70s, you were probably there

If you grew up in Strongville in the 1960s or '70s, there's no doubt you remember Siedel's Fun Farm.

If you're a newcomer to town, you should know that the farm is an icon of Strongsville's rural history.  

Once a working farm, it gradually became a place to gather for hayrides and bonfires, to ride on a tire swing or make your way through a hay maze.

"For my family, it was a fall tradition," recalled Ward 3 Councilman Jim Carbone. "We'd go every year for the hayrides."

Dan Barcy, a 1972 graduate of Strongsville High School who worked at the farm while growing up, started a Facebook page dedicated to preserving and sharing memories of the farm.

The Siedels' land was located off Westwood Drive, west of Prospect Road. 

"It was sad when that farm was sold," Carbone said.

Were you ever there? Let us know.

Dawn Balazy Holcombe May 02, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I graduated in '87. As a child growing up i remember going to community pic nicks at Siedels. Going on hay rides and having activities.
Bloodhound Lover July 02, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I was in first grade at St Peter & Paul School/ Garfield Hts. We went there for a field trip. I remember climbing on some type of rope net?? Similar to something used in basic training! Fun day. Too bad insurance companies have basically shut down these small, family owned entertainment centers. (Maybe not in this case...but in plenty of others...)
Deb M July 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM
We remember Siedel's! I'm currently looking for a hayride/bonfire location to have a reunion of sorts for our group. We used to go every year in our wild-and-crazy days. During the hayride, we'd stop at all the games and the hay maze... how fun was that maze? except when someone started screaming over touching a spider. And how fun was it to try to make it across that log (or rope) over the creek! (except for those who didn't make it, of course!) And the competition to climb the wall, or walk the ropes. We probably weren't supposed to throw the hay in the wagon. But we probably did... :) And then all the jokes, laughter and partying in the cabin as we cooked our hotdogs and marshmallows. Lots of good memories. and a few embarrassing pictures :) It was a great place. Bloodhound Lover is probably right--I'll bet the liability insurance just got to be too much. Too bad.
Donna Heintz October 01, 2013 at 12:37 PM
It's Autumn and October and my memory is taking me on a trip to a place that I remember fondly and wonder if anyone else has these same memories. It is 1960 and I am an 8th grader at St. Mel's school and I've been invited to join some of my friends on a hay ride with horses, not a tractor, pulling the hay wagon, bonfires to roast hot dogs, cider, bobbing for apples, dancing to records and playing a game that involved eating a doughnut hung from a string as quick as you can to win. The place was called Sidell's or Slidell's and it was definitely out in the country. My son also had the opportunity to share in this fun when he went to Pine School between the years '72-'78.
Denny Shirer October 20, 2013 at 09:54 PM
My brother and I were good friends with the Siedels through 4H. We spent a lot of time at the farm helping out and just hanging around with our friends. The Siedels were some of the nicest people you would ever hope to meet. I miss those days and my old friends! I hope you are all well and know that those days were some of the best memories of my youth!

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