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A hayride, also known as a hayrack ride, is a pleasure ride in an open truck, wagon or sleigh which has been decorated with hay or straw and similar farmlife paraphernalia. In modern times it is usually organized commercially and takes place at night.

The hayride originated in Kansas[citation needed] and can be considered as an instance of Americana.


Hayrides on Halloween are often dubbed as 'haunted hayrides.' During Fall, a hayride may feature a stop at a pumpkin patch where passengers can pick a pumpkin.

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In colloquial English, the term "hayride" has taken on connotations of "good, clean fun" but also of nostalgia, hence the popular expressions "... is no hayride" or "... ain't no hayride."

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