By Mary Heyl
Last week’s cooler weather is a reminder that fall is on the way, which means Pumpkinville will soon be open for the season! On Saturday, Sept. 16, the area’s most beloved fall destination will open, and visitors can explore all the fun (it’s more than just pumpkins!) daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Halloween. Owners Dan and Diane Pawlowski invite you to visit their unique farm, which welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
If you’ve never visited Pumpkinville, you’re in for a real treat! Located just minutes from Ellicottville at 4844 Sugartown Road in Great Valley, Pumpkinville has thousands of pumpkins, which are all grown on the Pawlowski family’s 200-acre farm. Pick your special pumpkin(s) and choose from 10 varieties of winter squash; for the full farm experience, use one of the pumpkin barrows to haul your bounty back to the car. Visitors interested in decorating for the season will be pleased to find a variety of gourds, corn stalks, hay bales, and more.
Of course, there’s more to enjoy than the eponymous gourds, as Pumpkinville is also known for their great selection of New York State apples. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of freshly picked New York apples, and new varieties are available each week. Nothing says “fall” like a nice glass of fresh apple cider—watch Pumpkinville’s antique cider press in action, and enjoy a glass (hot or cold!). Of course, visitors can stock up and take a few gallons home, too.
Pumpkinville is a great place to bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun! Children will enjoy the many free activities, like petting the farm animals, playing in the Corn TeePee and the Kiddie Spookum Barn, and meeting Perky, the Talking Pumpkin. Visitors can also purchase an activity wristband to get the full Pumpkinville experience and enjoy the farm pedal carts, country hayrides, cow train and the six-acre corn maze.
Diane is excited to have visitors explore this year’s maze, which is sure to put them to the test. “We planted this year’s maze around the 15th of May, so the design is all set. Right now, the corn is about eight feet tall, which is about as tall as it will get.” Last year’s maze featured Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoons, as last year, Pumpkinville was named an official “Snoopy mascot” by Peanuts Worldwide Corp.
This year, Pumpkinville is an official partner with Universal Pictures for the upcoming Curious George movie! Pawlowski encourages visitors to stay tuned to find out how this partnership will be incorporated in this year’s exciting new Pumpkinville activities that she looks forward to sharing soon. “Our plans for 2017 are still under wraps, but we’re excited to announce them very soon! Visitors can definitely look forward to an awesome corn maze this year, as well as the return of the Pumpkinville Express Train Ride.” Visitors of all ages can enjoy a train ride around the field through the tunnel, which was a new activity added in 2016.
Be sure to bring your appetite to Pumpkinville, as there’s a delicious treat no matter how big your appetite. Try one of their famous pumpkin donuts, freshly popped kettle corn, ice cream, homemade pies and baked goods, freshly made fudge, caramel and candy apples and more. Enjoy a meal at the Pumpkinville Grill and on the weekend, try Pumpkinville’s delicious chicken barbecue.
“This is our family’s twenty-third year in business,” said Diane, “and we’re looking forward to another great season this year!” Plan your visit today by visiting www.pumpkinville.com, and be sure to follow Pumpkinville on Facebook for news, photos and more.