Each year Pumpkinville’s greatest challenge is enhancing the visitor experience. This year, Pumpkinville has outdone itself with many new additions.
The biggest attraction will be the Happy Horse Carousel. The antique merry-go-round was just restored in St. Louis, Missouri and relocated to the 200-acre grounds at Pumpkinville.
“We’ve always wanted a carousel at Pumpkinville,” said Diane Pawlowski, who has owned the seasonal attraction with her husband, Dan, and their children since 1996. “We looked for years and finally found a great one in the Midwest.”
A new agricultural exhibit debuts as well. It’s called Birds & Bees. One side of the building will house a beehive with glass walls so visitors can see the activity inside the hive. The other side of the building will feature a hatching area for baby chicks.
“We’re a working pumpkin farm, so it’s really important that we educate our visitors, especially kids, about the importance of agriculture,” said co-founder Dan Pawlowski.
Also new this year, Pumpkinville will be selling discounted attraction wristbands on their website www.pumpkinville.com through Oct. 5.
The popular Sunflower Daze will run from Sept. 14-22. Hayrides to the Sunflower Field, pick-your-own and photo opportunities will be available. You can also purchase bunches of sunflowers with all proceeds benefitting The Pink Pumpkin Project in Olean.
Many of Pumpkinville’s favorite attractions will still be there including the Six-Acre Corn Maze, Apple Blaster, Pumpkinville Express Train, The Fun Zone featuring covered and open 60-foot long slides, Barnyard Ballzone, Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillows, Cow Train, Hayrides and much more.
Pumpkinville also offers a variety of delicious food to eat-in and take home. The on-site bakery, Di’s Pies & Bake Shoppe, provides fresh-out-of-the-oven baked goods including their famous pumpkin donuts.
Other products include home-made pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, ice cream, old-fashioned Kettle Corn, caramel sauce and caramel apples, fudge, jam, maple products and much more.
“We’re one of the few places in the country where you can get something homemade right out of the oven,” said Diane Pawlowski, who oversees the on-site bakery.
Visitors also can watch apples being pressed into cider in the restored 1870s cider mill. On weekends in October, weather permitting, they can also take a helicopter ride and see the gorgeous fall foliage from above.
Don’t forget the main attraction – pumpkins! With more than 25 acres in the pumpkin patch, you’ll find the perfect pumpkins for decorating. Whether you like the traditional orange pumpkins or the exotic pumpkins with assorted sizes, colors and shapes, Pumpkinville will have it.
Pumpkinville, the oldest, continuously working pumpkin farm in New York state, opens Sept. 14 and runs daily through Oct. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. rain or shine.
Pumpkinville is just minutes from Ellicottville at 4844 Sugartown Road in Great Valley.