Looking for a weekend adventure with the family this fall? Check out these four activities in the Western New York area.
Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Rd. in Great Valley, is just minutes away from Ellicottville and Holiday Valley Resort. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Saturday, September 14th through Wednesday, October 31st, Pumpkinville features hayrides, “pumpkin jumpin’ pillows,” a corn maze, gem mining, a corn-cannon shoot, and more (some charges apply – visit website for complete details). There are also a variety of harvest treats available at Pumpkinville’s shops: the Choose-Your-Own-Pumpkin Patch, the Antique Cider Mill, Di’s Pies and Bake Shoppe, the Pumpkinville Grill, and the Bounty Barn featuring homemade fudge. You’ll enjoy specialties like pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ice cream, and old fashioned kettle corn, and you can take home fall décor, craft items and painted pumpkins from the various shops on premise.
Pumpkinville hosts the Pink Pumpkin Festival Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 21st and 22nd (purchase a pink pumpkin and a donation will be made to the WNY Susan G. Koman Association), while Fall Festival Weekend is Friday, October 12th through Monday, October 14th (Columbus Day weekend). Group trips and class field trips are available. Everyday admission to Pumpkinville is free, but charges may apply for some festivals and activities.
The Great Pumpkin Farm, located at 11199 Main St. in Clarence, is open daily from 10 a.m. to dusk from Saturday, September 14th through Thursday, October 31st, but the weekend festivals are what really draw in the crowds. Tickets for all Great Pumpkin Farm festivals are available in advance at Wegmans; admission during non-festival days is free.
The Farm is opening one week earlier than usual, and it’s a free preview weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, September 14th and 15th, admission to the Farm will be free, and activities will be available for a small fee.
“Oinktoberfest,” taking place Friday through Sunday, September 20th through 22nd, is the annual BBQ cookoff at the Farm. Friday is preview night and admission is free from 5 to 10 p.m., but the Farm’s activities will not be open; admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5 each day. In addition to great food, there will be live music all three days.
On Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th, check out the World Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship, plus Pig Races throughout the weekend. The famous World Pumpkin Weigh-Off weekend is Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th. The weekend will also feature the “Mutt-alica” Dog Show both days.
Columbus Day weekend (Saturday, October 12th through Monday, October 14th) features the Pumpkin Olympics, plus the annual Pumpkin Drop on Monday, along with giant pumpkin carving. The High School Trebuchet Contest takes place Saturday and Sunday, October 19th and 20th, where local high school building their own pumpkin catapult for the distance contest. Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, is the final weekend for 2013. A costume contest will be held both days, and all attractions will be running.
Becker Farms, located at 3760 Quaker Rd. in Gasport hosts the annual Pumpkin Fiesta on Saturdays and Sundays from September 15th through October 28th from noon to 5 p.m. each day. The Fiesta features live music, duck and pig races, pony rides, hayrides, the Becker Mountain slide, and a corn maze.
The Haunted Hayrides take place Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 18th through 20th and October 25th through 27th from 7 to 9 p.m. (weather permitting). The Castle Labyrinth maze leads you to the Haunted Hayride – if you can find your way. If you survive, take a walk through Phylotec Biogenetic Testing Station and check out the terrifying man-eating monsters created during an experiment gone horribly wrong.
Kelkenberg Farm, at 9270 Wolcott Rd. in Clarence Center, is open for Fall Pumpkin Fun on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday, September 21st through Sunday, October 27th, plus Columbus Day (Monday, October 14th); hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day. Admission is $9.50 and includes a hayride, pony rides for the kids, a farm tour, a straw maze and a pumpkin from the pick-your-own patch. There are also baked goods and vegetables available for purchase, and refreshments available.