The Great Pumpkin Farm is one of the most popular attractions and annual destination in Clarence, NY. Hundreds and thousands of families visit the farm every fall for the events and fun rides because it has got nothing to offer but great food and entertainment. It is just an excellent venue where families gather and get their cornstalks and pumpkins and celebrate the Halloween with the joy of togetherness. The festival is just the perfect event to be with friends and family and has nothing but pure fun.
The Great Pumpkin Farm begins their operation from September 16 and runs through the 31st of October. You can start visiting from 10 am in the morning until dusk, which means that you have the whole day to savor the fun and enjoyment the festival has to offer.
If you have not been here before, there is no reason why you should not pay a visit this year so that you can experience the awesome place with an awesome staff. There are plenty of rides you and your family can enjoy; one example is the hayride where you will have to sit on tight hay bales instead of straws. There are also very entertaining shows just like the magic shows that many people actually love. If you are into festivity, this is one of the most festive events you can actually go to in the Buffalo area. Everything is worth it, from the admission fee to the food. There is nothing that you will ever regret when you visit this place.
Aside from, of course, a plethora of pumpkins that you will see almost everywhere, you will never really get bored because the festival offers tons of activities to keep you busy and entertained throughout the day. The atmosphere is really family friendly and just perfect for all of the fall activities. If you come to visit once, you will certainly want to return next year. In fact, that’s what many families do yearly once they get to try, until the Great Pumpkin Farm has been an annual destination during fall. The activities are made for both kids and adults to enjoy. And even if you are there as a couple, the place is still going to be a perfect spot for a fun and memorable date.
How the Great Pumpkin Farm started
The Great Pumpkin Farm started way back in 1996 when it hosted the World Pumpkin Confederation Weigh Off. In fact, they made it into the Guinness Book of World Records because they were the first to have a pumpkin that’s as heavy as 1000lb! Since then, the farm has been growing and improving year after year. There has always been an addition to their attractions on a yearly basis, making the place more exciting to visit.
Great Pumpkin Farm Activities
There are many exciting activities that guests get to enjoy when they visit the farm, and the interesting part is that there are different sets of activities during the weekdays and weekends. For the daily activities, you can enjoy Petting Zoo, Hay Maze, Pumpkin Picking, and a Corn Maze. There is also a wide selection of festive food that you should not miss during fall. There is even a photo competition which you can join in if you have a great and an amusing photo of yourself or your friends, so make sure that you don’t forget to bring your camera during your visit. This photo competition is something that happens every year and you can join as many times as you want. But wait, there’s more! If you happen to visit during the weekdays, you won’t have to pay for the admission because weekdays are free!
On the other hand, if you choose to visit during the weekends, there are far more exciting and “spooky” events awaiting those who are brave enough to dare. There’s the Haunted House, the Haunted Museum and Boo Bam which are open on weekends. However, if you are not a fan of scary events, you can still enjoy the farm because hayrides are also available, as well as a pumpkin cannon and gem mining. There are even contests held during Saturdays and Sundays, and it will even be more exciting if your family can join. There are the pie eating contests, scarecrow making competition, mummy wrapping, pumpkin decorating, magic shows, face painting and a whole lot more.
Every weekend comes with different and unique events which means that no two weekends are going to be the same; but of course, you will surely have the same level of fun and excitement. Rest assured that you will never get tired and bored of what the Great Pumpkin Farm has in store for you. The first weekend is going to be the opening weekend and it means that all attractions will be open for everyone. This is also called the Dinosaurs in the Cornmaze Weekend and the Armed Forces Weekend. If you come on the opening weekend, your admission will be free and you can also bring a guest with you for free. You just have to make sure that they bring with them a valid ID. The succeeding weekends will have the events namely Oinktoberfest BBQ Cookoff, World Pumpkin Weigh Off, Pumpkin Olympics and Pumpkin Drop, World Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition and Pig Races, the Trebuchet Competition and another Dinosaurs in the Cornmaze weekend, and finally, the Costume Contest together with the final Dinosaurs and Cornmaze weekend. All of these sound like amazing events that everyone can look forward to, and there’s no reason why you should miss it this year!
Aside from the activities, the Great Pumpkin farm also offers farm tours and school field trips which are going to be available during the weekdays. These are open to schools, seniors, daycares and those who are taking special education. The farm is already accepting reservations for this coming fall. This is an excellent chance for children and guests to witness the many varieties of pumpkins and watch them grow. These pumpkins all come in different colors, shapes and sizes and can be seen in one of the largest pumpkin patches in the world. Rain or shine, the farm tours, field trips and all other activities are still going to be open.
Rides and Food/Refreshments
Kids will always enjoy exciting rides and the Great Pumpkin Farm has every ride that children will surely enjoy. Some of the rides include Zombie Paint Ball train, Tractor Hayrides, Pony Rides, Cow train, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides and other amusement rides. Some of these rides are also perfect even for adults.
As for the food, there’s a wide selection of food that you can find at the Great Pumpkin Farm. Donuts are a must-try on the weekends, and you can’t afford to miss the apple or pumpkin pie. On the weekdays, freshly baked cookies and pastries are available and if you stay longer, you can stop in for a glass of craft and domestic beer.
What’s in the Pumpkin Palace
The Great Pumpkin Farm also features the Pumpkin Palace which opens and closes the same time the farm does. Here you will find souvenirs, handmade crafts and decorations which are Halloween themed. If you want to do some decorations in your house for the fall, don’t forget to drop by the general store. The bars and cafes, and the other food spots can also be found in the Pumpkin Palace.
More about the Great Pumpkin Farm
If you are a September or October birthday celebrant or if you have an important family gathering, you can let the Great Pumpkin Farm become a part of that special celebration! There are picnic tables available for rentals, but whether rain or shine, the party can go on because these tables are set up under the covered pavilion area on the grounds of the farm. You can make a 3 hour long reservation for your event, and you can invite as many as 100 guests! It’s just amazing how you can have a fun and unique celebration in a place which is as awesome as the Great Pumpkin Farm.
The Great Pumpkin Farm has a goal of bringing friends and families together through exciting, fun and entertaining activities, shows and events. This is their way of appreciating and celebrating the blessings and harvest for the whole year with the spirit of togetherness. This is one culture that makes a community rich and closely knit together. Everyone is encouraged and is being welcomed to take part in the yearly event so as to have their own experience of how it feels like to participate in this one of a kind festival. It is even considered to be one of the largest family events in the region and it is their pleasure to bring joy to each and every family who come to visit. This only happens once a year and it would be such a festive event worth going to.