From mid-September to the end of October, more than 100,000 people will head to Cattaraugus County’s largest autumn attraction, Pumpkinville. That’s about 50 times the population of Great Valley itself!
The 200-acre farm is the oldest continuously working pumpkin farm in New York State and is run by Dan and Diane Pawlowski and their children, Jim and Lisa.
This year, Pumpkinville is open for fun, food and excitement from Sept. 14 through Halloween, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. each day. Admission is free.
The newest attraction is the Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillows. These two giant jumping pillows — 35 feet by 70 feet — are sure to keep the kids busy, and offer up some great exercise for adults as well.
“Our visitors also get a big kick out of the Singing Chickens,” said Dan Pawlowski. “These animatronic chickens sing, tell jokes and put a smile on everyone’s face.” A full show runs every half hour, but a short series of jokes are available at the push of a button.
Of course, the popular old favorites are back as well, including the restored Hayrides, The Corn Cannon, Goat Mountain, The Cow Train, Gem Mining and Storyland. Visit the 6-acre Corn Maze, one of the largest in the U.S., to find messages and win prizes. On weekends in October (weather permitting), take a helicopter ride and see the gorgeous fall foliage from above.
Pumpkinville also offers lots of delicious food to eat there and to take home. Topping the list is their famous pumpkin donuts made right before your eyes.
“We’ve got people across the country asking us to ship those donuts to them,” said Mr. Pawlowski.
Other food includes homemade pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, old-fashioned kettle corn, caramel sauce and caramel apples, fudge, jam, maple products and much more.
The Pumpkinville Grill, Chicken BBQ, Ice Cream Factory, and Di’s Pies & Bake Shoppe all are filled with goodies. Visitors also can watch apple cider pressings and see a historic 125-year-old cider mill in use. And this year you can get a taste of Pumpkinville before and after the season — just order from the new online store at www.pumpkinville.com.
Don’t forget the main attraction — pumpkins! Pink Pumpkin Weekend is Sept. 21–22 and features three acres of specially developed pink pumpkins, along with pumpkin painting and entertainment. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Western New York.
Pumpkinville will also participate in Fall Festival Weekend, Oct. 12–14, with a variety of festivities each day.
Of course, plenty of pumpkins will be ripe for the picking! Select your own for a special jack-o-lantern or for fall decorations. You can also choose from a variety of painted pumpkins. Pumpkinville is just minutes from Ellicottville at 4844 Sugartown Rd., off Route 98 in Great Valley.
Pumpkinville — Fall Family Fun is our business!
Contact Pumpkinville at (716) 699-2205 or visit www.pumpkinville.com.