Dutch Greeters welcome Sun Valley Barn

Dutch Greeters celebrated the opening of Sun Valley Barn with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 11. 

Sun Valley Barn owners Angie Paxton and Ron Paxton received a warm welcome from Dutch Greeters to celebrate their new business.

The barn is a spacious venue for weddings, family reunions and get-togethers, anniversary and birthday parties, showers, graduation and holiday parties, corporate events, and business meetings. The 6,100 square foot venue can seat 250 guests comfortably, and the Paxtons designed the space with their guests in mind.

The barn includes a bridal suite and groom’s room, both complete with their own unique, rustic charm. Tables and chairs are provided, along with refrigeration and television in the bar area and a commercial refrigerator, prep-space, a large sink and private entrance in the caterer’s kitchen. The barn also provides a designated nursery for guests who may attend events with little ones, including with sound-proof, insulated walls.

An upstairs loft provides additional seating, and repurposed tin from Vermeer Corporation decorates the entrance ceiling. Vintage charm can be seen throughout the venue, complete with sliding barn doors to make the bride’s entrance one to remember.

“I love working with the brides because everybody is so unique,” said Angie Paxton. “Everybody is so different and has a different spin on their day. We get very close.”

Angie Paxton grew up on the land where the barn currently sits on Fifield Road. Her father, the late Leo VanderLinden, always dreamed of using the land for something “big.” The Paxton’s saw a need for an event space in Pella, so the couple decided to build the barn with Angie Paxton’s father and the community in mind.

“My dad passed away when I was 24, so he never got to see anything happen out here, but we’re so happy we’ve been able to make it happen,” said Angie Paxton.

The Paxton’s decided to name the barn in honor of him as well. VanderLinden was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which prevented him from leaving the house often. Angie Paxton came home from school one day in middle school, and VanderLinden had ordered a large sign that said “Sun Valley Ranch.” VanderLinden had the sign placed on the archway above his driveway, which leads to the current barn’s lot.

“He was so excited that he had named his land,” said Angie Paxton. “To him, it had some meaning.”

Since official booking began in July, the Paxton’s have hosted four events, and business continues to grow with 23 events on the horizon. The barn is located at 1981 Fifield Road.

Emily Hawk can be reached at ehawk@pellachronicle.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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