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Pumpkin Patches Galore!

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Pumpkin Patch Family Adventure

    The rural fields have erupted in a rash of orange... for acres... it’s a pumpkin patch family adventure! And
the fun has ju
st begun--pick out a pumpkin or two, win a prize for the scariest pumpkin face, then check out the largest pumpkiSouthbrook Pumpkin Patch provides lots of family fun.n contest... (one weighed in at 1,061 pounds!); get lost in a hay maze; pet a goat; feed a chicken and ride a pony; romp through rows of late blooming dahlias and other fall flowers--some great for drying; watch an apple press at work then drink the rewards; rumble through the pumpkin patch on a miniature train; don’t forget the squirrels, find dried sweet corn for them; purchase Indian corn for the Thanksgiving centerpiece. Along with haunted houses and craft fairs the family can have hours of fun!    

Here's a sampling of pumpkin festivals celebrated across the U.S. and Canada:

The Eastern and Southern United States

September 9 - Oct 31, Shady Brook Farm Pumpkinfest, Yardly, PA

September 17 - November 6, 2011 Gross Farms Pumpkin Patch, Sanford, NC

September 24 - Oct 31, Stoneycreek Farm Pumpkin Festival, Noblesville, IN

September 24  - October 31, Great Pumpkin Farm, Clarence, NY

October 1, 2 and 8, 9, Fall Foliage Festival, Bedford, PA  

October 1, Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival & World Confederation Weigh-off, Allardt, TN  

October 1 - 20, Return of the Pumpkin People, Jackson, NH

October 6 - 9, West Virginia Pumpkin Festival, Milton, WV

October 15 -16, Monster Pumpkin Madness, Doylestown, PA

October 22, Pumpkin Festival, Keene, NH

November 4, 5, 6, Pumkin Chunkin Contest, Nassau, DE  

The Midwest and Rockies

August 6 - October 31, Richardson Adventure Farm, Spring Grove, IL

September 24 - October 31, Schaake's Pumpkin Patch, Lawrence, KS

September 24th - October 31st, Anderson Farms, Erie, CO

September 24th - October 31st Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch, Hampshire, IL

October 1 - 30, Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm, Homer Glen, IL

October 1 & 2, Anamosa Pumpkinfest, Anamosa, IA

October 1 & 2, South Lyon Pumpkinfest, South Lyon, MI

October 1 & 2, Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Fest, Nekoosa, WI

October 7 - 9, Pumpkinfest, St. Joseph, MO

October 18, Aurora Punkin Chunkin, Aurora, CO

October 19 - 22, Circleville Pumpkin Show, Circleville, OH


The Western United States

October 1 - 20 Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins, Snohomish, WA

October 1 - 31, The Pumpkin Patch of Sauvie Island, Portland, OR

October 1- 31, The Pumpkin Patch, Pomeroy Living History Farm, Yacolt, WA

October 10, Great Pumpkin Weigh-off and Oct. 15 & 16, Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay, CA

October 15 & 16, Calabasas Days Pumpkin Festival, Calabasas, CA


September 1 - November 1, Southbrook Pumpkin Patch, Richmond Hill, Ontario

October 1 & 2, Port Elgin's Pumpkinfest, Port Elgin, Ontario

October 14-16, Waterford Pumpkin Festival, Waterford, Ontario

Always call to confirm dates. Also check your local media for additional Pumpkin Festivals.


~ Deb Cornick


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