New Attractions and Old Favorites
If it’s time for Fall family fun, it’s time for Pumpkinville! The fun begins Sept. 13 and runs through Oct. 31. The 200-acre farm is the oldest continuously working pumpkin farm in New York State.
Pumpkinville, the brainchild of Dan and Diane Pawlowski is the largest autumn attraction in Cattaraugus County, drawing more than 100,000 people during its six-week run. Every year there’s something new at Pumpkinville!
This year, check out the Pumpkinville 500 with the pedal karts! Adults and kids can drive around the racetrack on these fun new pedal karts, right in front of the Corn Maze.
“The cars have a tractor theme,” noted Dan. “They look a bit like dune buggies with pedals.”
And there’s a big surprise at the Corn Maze.
“The maze is more complex than in the past, with additional paths and WYRK’s recognizable logo when viewed from above,” Diane said.
The upgrades don’t stop with the Corn Maze — this year, the Pawlowskis have added a huge new food service building. It houses the former BBQ pit and ice cream factory.
Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillows are back! New last year, the giant jumping pillows — 35 feet by 70 feet — are built right in the ground, offering up some great jumping fun for kids and adults.
“Children also get a big kick out the Henhouse Five Review,” Dan added. “These animatronic chickens sing and tell jokes.”
Of course, the popular old favorites are back as well including hayrides, The Corn Cannon, The Cow Train, Gem Mining, and Storyland. On weekends in October (weather permitting), take a helicopter ride and see the gorgeous fall foliage from above.
Visitors can watch apple cider pressings and see a 125-year old cider mill in use.
“We use a special blend of apples to make some of the best-tasting cider in New York,” said Diane.
Pumpkinville also offers lots of delicious food to eat while you’re there and to take home, highlighted by their world famous pumpkin donuts. Other products include homemade pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, old-fashioned kettle corn, caramel sauce and caramel apples, fudge, jam, maple products and much more.
Don’t forget the main attraction — pumpkins! With more than 25 acres, you’re bound to find the perfect pumpkins for decorating. Select your own for a special jack-o-lantern, or choose from a variety of painted pumpkins.
Again this year, Pumpkinville will be selling Pink Pumpkins with a portion of the proceeds going toward breast cancer research.
A former winner of New York State’s Agri-Tourism Business of the Year, Pumpkinville is just minutes from Ellicottville at 4844 Sugartown Rd. in Great Valley. More at www.pumpkinville.com or call (716) 699-2205.