Helicopter Rides, Chicken BBQ and Much More!

By Alicia Dziak

In the seven weeks of Pumpkinville’s season, every day through Halloween is a party — and there are only a couple short weeks left to enjoy it this year.

Two hundred acres of fun are packed into this family-owned and run farm in Great Valley.

Come hungry because an endless array of food is yours for the taking — barbecue, apples, maple products, pumpkin donuts, kettle corn, and much more — as well as ice cream and hot foods served from the all-new food service building.

“The new building has helped us move more people through smoothly,” said Dan Pawlowski, who owns Pumpkinville, along with his wife, Diane.

The fun doesn’t stop there. Fabulous attractions await kids of all ages.

New this year is a pedal car track — a fenced in track that lets you take tractor-themed pedal cars for a spin. The cars come in two sizes, one for kids and one for adults, and have four big tires and are pedaled like a bicycle. The pedaling is a workout, but beating your opponents gives you well-deserved bragging rights!

The goal of the pedal car track was to serve as a step up for kids who have outgrown the nearby cow train attraction (and adults can ride this one, too).

“So far, it’s been a big hit,” Pawlowski said.

A new and improved corn maze beckons guests to make their way through, creating a “Funky Pumpkin” face as they go. For those unfamiliar with how this works, visitors get an orange sheet of paper with a blank pumpkin face on it. The challenge is to find three separate areas within the maze that contain various stencils to complete your face. One set has the eyes, one the noses and one the mouths. When your face is complete and you exit the maze, a poster shows the various faces you could create using the stencils with their corresponding names. This year, the maze was designed by a professional company in Utah, and boasts a bigger challenge of twists and turns through tall stalks of corn.

Up for some more adventure? Take a helicopter ride! Rides are available on weekends throughout October, weather permitting, and are only $35 per person. It’s a great chance to see the foliage and farm from above. While you’re up there, check out the WYRK logo in the corn maze.

Two huge Jumpin’ Pillows await eager bouncers of all ages (up to 225 lbs.). These giant, air-filled “pillows” are built into the ground, and provide safe and super-fun jumpin’ action!

Other favorite attractions include hayrides, the Spookum Barn, the Corn Cannon, Gem Mining, Storyland, and the Henhouse Five Review, a group of silly animatronic chickens that sing and tell jokes.

Bring your camera and make sure to stop by some or all of the photo props, including a new pumpkin house you can walk into. Strike a pose with pilgrims, skeletons, witches and silly pumpkin figures.

You also won’t be able to resist the animals! Goats, sheep, horses, pigs, bunnies and more look at you adoringly, waiting for you to feed them.

“Most of the animals live here year round,” explained Pawlowski. Food is available for only a quarter from several food dispensing machines placed near the animals.

Need a pumpkin? Hundreds of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes fill the space in front of the gift shops. Or, you can head to the big pumpkin patch and pick your own.

It’s almost impossible to leave Pumpkinville empty handed, and the Boo-tique and other shops offer a variety of gifts, decor and specialty items like homemade peanut butter and maple cotton candy. Squash, gourds, gallons of cider and more are also available to-go.

Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Rd. in Great Valley, is open daily through Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Don’t miss your chance this year to make great fall.

Pawlowski said, “If you’re not having fun, I’m not doing my job!”

For more information, visit www.pumpkinville.com.