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County OKs weddings at Kuipers

MAPLE PARK – Brides- and grooms-to-be searching for wedding venues have one more option: Kuipers Family Farm.

The Maple Park facility Tuesday received Kane County Board approval on zoning changes that will let the farm hold social events in an existing building.

Kim Kuipers, who owns the farm with her husband, said inquiries from customers prompted them to offer this service.

"We were getting more and more calls over the years," she said.

She added there "doesn't seem to be any end in sight" in the demand for unique wedding venues.

Because the buildings are dormant from January to July, hosting weddings and corporate events made sense for them as well, Kuipers said.

The extra business also should benefit the farm's part-time seasonal employees, she said, explaining they express interest in any available work throughout the year.

"It's a good way to offer more employment to them in the off-season," Kuipers said.

The farm already has started booking its first weddings, she said. Those wanting a fall wedding, however, will have to look elsewhere because of the farm's activities during that season.

"We just don't have the space right now," Kuipers said.

In addition to hosting events, Kuipers Family Farm also got County Board approval to install a train that will be used to provide rides to visitors.

Kuipers anticipates the train will be ready for the fall 2015 season. They hope to start laying the track this summer, she said.

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