by Alicia Dziak
As the countdown to Halloween begins, time for enjoying the sights are sounds of fall will be gone before you know it. If you’re looking to pack in as much fall fun as possible, Pumpkinville is your place. And what better time to go than this weekend, when special fall festivities are planned each day!
According to Pumpkinville’s website, “Pumpkinville enjoys the claim of being the oldest original pumpkin farm in New York State. In fact, research shows it might be the oldest continuously operated pumpkin farm in the United States. In the early 1960s, Joe and Helen Halloran’s teenage sons, Tom and Dan, planted a few pumpkins and people stopped by the roadside to buy them. Over the years, they began adding more pumpkins, displays and buildings to the farm. In 1996, the Hallorans entrusted Pumpkinville to the Pawlowski family. Since then Dan and Diane and their children, Lisa and Jim, combined their creativity with hard work to grow Pumpkinville into the tourist attraction it is today.”
As Pumpkinville has grown over the years, so has their fan base, and to many, fall just isn’t fall without a stop at Pumpkinville.
Its ever-expanding lineup of attractions includes the all new Jumpin Pillows, for airy, better-than-a-trampoline bouncing fun, a newly remodeled craft and gift shop, and a bigger than ever corn maze that combines acres of high corn stalks with a scavenger hunt and rewards participants with a small pumpkin upon completion.
Also new this year are Pumpkinville’s birthday party packages. Kids will never be so happy to have an autumn birthday!
In addition to the 2013 newbies, Pumpkinville, of course, has the old favorites that never disappoint year after year.
The Cow Train combines cow-themed decorated scarecrows on a cow-shaped ride pulled by a tractor.
The Corn Cannon Shoot challenges visitors to shoot the ears of corn at hay bale targets. Those skilled enough to hit a target win a prize.
Storyland is a children’s section of Pumpkinville incorporating wooden cutouts for priceless photos. Spookin Barn, a dark but not-so-scary walk-through building and various other activities are geared toward the younger set.
Gem Mining invites guests to use a sifting tray to pan for gems in a water sluice and visitors keep whatever gems they find.
Goat Mountain lets everyone experience the goats up close. Stock up on quarters beforehand and buy food to feed the people-friendly goats as they climb through the maze.
Hayrides are a family favorite and take guests through the woods and into the horse pasture to see Pumpkinville’s ponies.
For those in search of a truly unique fall festival experience, there are even helicopter rides on weekends in October.
All this activity will make patrons work up an appetite. Luckily, there is a huge selection of food and drink on premises. Grilled items, such as hot dogs and sausages are available, as well as chicken barbecue, ice cream, caramel apples, fudge, maple products, kettle corn and Pumpkinville’s famous pumpkin donuts. To wash down all that delicious food, fresh cider is available, made at Pumpkinville’s antique cider mill.
With so much to see, do and eat, it’s hard to decide how to spend your time at Pumpkinville. Whether you have an hour, an afternoon, or an entire day, Pumpkinville will not disappoint. Take the quick drive from Ellicottville to this truly family-friendly and fabulously fun destination!
Pumpkinville is open daily through Halloween from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. For more information, visit www.pumpkinville.com.