Fall Festival at the Great Pumpkin Farm
Saturday 16th Sep, 2017 → Sunday 29th Oct, 2017

Great Pumpkin Farm
11199 Main Street Clarence, NY 14031
Time: 10:00am - Dusk
Cost: FREE (except on Columbus Day)
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Young and old who attend the 22nd annual Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival will enjoy the thrill of the amusement rides, hayrides and corn maze. All can pick out their pumpkins, eat homemade donuts, pies, cookies and pastries, select the perfect Halloween decorations and watch special events, such as the World Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, the Trebuchet Contest and Oinktoberfest, New York State’s BBQ Cook-off – and so much more!

This year, the Great Pumpkin Farm has declared opening weekend – September 16 and 17 – to be Armed Forces Weekend, in collaboration with WNYHeroes, Inc.  The regular admission fee will be waived for military, police and fire department personnel who present proper identification to WNYHeroes representatives at the gate; they will also be permitted to bring one guest for free. The first 200 military, police or fire personnel through the gates on opening weekend will receive a goodie bag that will include gifts from The Great Pumpkin Farm, WNYHeroes and Festival sponsors.  A special happy hour will take place at the Witches Brew (inside the Pumpkin Palace) from 2:00 to 5:00pm on both Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17. There will be live music and a military veteran will serve as bartender. All tips will go directly to WNYHeroes.

Throughout the seven weekends of the Fall Festival, WNYHeroes representatives will be on hand at an information booth in the Event Center at the Great Pumpkin Farm.

In addition to Armed Forces Weekend activities, the opening weekend of the Fall Festival will also include animatronic dinosaurs, Vinnie and Teddy, in the Corn maze (Noon-4:00pm both days) and Sylvia Fletcher & Friends Ventriloquism (three shows a day; free with Festival admission). On Saturday, September 16, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s Bookmobile (Library on Wheels) will be on site from 10:00am to 5:00pm, with crafts for the children and story times throughout the day. Visitors can check out library materials and apply for a library card.

FALL FESTIVAL WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS:

WEEKEND #1: September 16 & 17 – Armed Forces Weekend; Sylvia & Friends Comedy Ventriloquist; Dinosaurs in the Corn Maze

WEEKEND #2: September 22-24 – Friday Night Preview Night; Oinktoberfest, New York State’s official KCBS-sanctioned BBQ Cookoff

WEEKEND #3: September 30 – October 1 – World Pumpkin Weigh Off (Sunday); Sylvia & Friends Comedy Ventriloquist

WEEKEND #4: October 7, 8 & 9 (Columbus Day) – Pumpkin Olympics; Annual KISS 98.5 Pumpkin Drop (Monday)

WEEKEND #5: October 14 & 15 – Pig Races; World Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition (amateurs on Saturday, professionals on Sunday)

WEEKEND #6: October 21 & 22 - Annual Trebuchet (catapult) Contest with local high school teams (practice Saturday, contest Sunday); Dinosaurs in the Corn Maze

WEEKEND #7: October 28 & 29: - FINAL WEEKEND; Costume Contest; Dinosaurs in the Corn Maze

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR:

• Old-time Shooting Gallery

• Pavilion area for parties and family gatherings

• Reconfigured corn maze

• Outdoor location for the Witches Brew Bar (across from the food grove)

 

FAST FACTS:

Location:                    The Great Pumpkin Farm is located at 11199 Main Street in                                     Clarence and features plenty of free, onsite parking.

Festival Hours:          10:00 a.m. to Dusk, weekends beginning September 16-17 

Admission:                 $7:00 per person; children two and under admitted free

The admission fee includes the Magic Show with Mike & Annie; Cackling Hen Revue Show; petting zoo; face painting; cow train ride; tractor-drawn hayride; children and adult pie-eating contests; scarecrow-making contest; mummy-wrapping contest and kids’ craft area.

Coupons with paid admission include $1 off the Corn maze; Panning for Gems; Book Barn; Zombie Train; Jumbo Pillows; Pumpkin Slingshots (not available October 22) and, in October only, Horse-drawn Hayrides. 

Discounted tickets can be purchased at all Buffalo & Rochester Wegmans locations.

For More Info:          Complete event information is available at www.greatpumpkinfarm.com.

 

WEEKDAYS AT THE GREAT PUMPKIN FARM:

The Great Pumpkin Farm will be open weekdays, September 18 through October 31, from 10:00 a.m. to dusk. There is NO admission on weekdays, except on Columbus Day, October 9. The Pumpkin Palace is open weekdays and features Halloween decorations, a bakery and candy store. Guests can purchase pumpkins; cornstalks; gourds; apples and cider. There’s also a petting zoo, hay maze and playground. Group tours are also conducted during the week.

About the Great Pumpkin Farm and the Fall Festival

Since 1996, when it first hosted the World Pumpkin Weigh-off and was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for the first 1,000-lb. pumpkin, the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, New York has grown.  Its annual Fall Festival is Western New York’s largest fall family event in the region, and includes popular events such as OINKtoberfest, New York State’s Official BBQ Cookoff; the Pumpkin Trebuchet competition and the Pumpkin Farm Olympics.  For more information on the Great Pumpkin Farm and its Fall Festival, visit www.greatpumpkinfarm.com.

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