By Kellen M. Quigley
It’s the second week of August, so it seems a little early to be mentioning Halloween. Or is it?
With some rainy and cooler weather recently, it’ll be no time at all until Pumpkinville is open for the season, which will happen in just five weeks.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, the area’s most beloved fall destination will open, and visitors can explore all the fun daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Halloween.
Owners Dan and Diane Pawlowski invite you to visit their unique farm, which welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
Located just minutes from Ellicottville at 4844 Sugartown Road in Great Valley, Pumpkinville has thousands of pumpkins, which are all grown on the Pawlowski family’s 200-acre farm. Pick some special pumpkins and use one of the pumpkin barrows to haul your bounty back to the car. Visitors interested in decorating for the season will be pleased to find a variety of gourds, corn stalks, hay bales and more.
But there’s more to enjoy than pumpkins, as Pumpkinville also has a great selection of New York state apples, as well as an antique cider press for delicious apple cider. Enjoy a hot glass there or stock up and take a few gallons home, too.
Pumpkinville is a great place to bring the whole family. Children will enjoy the many free activities, like petting the farm animals, playing in the Corn TeePee and the Kiddie Spookum Barn and meeting Perky, the Talking Pumpkin.
Known across the region for its unique corn maze designs featuring something special each year, for 2019, Pumpkinville has partnered with Ellicottville Brewing Company to feature EBC in its design. Officials said they are excited that EBC will be brewing up more of their “Pumpkinville Latte” again this year.
There are plenty of other activities for the whole family. At an additional charge, search for treasure at the Pumpkinville Mining Company, enjoy a train ride around the field and through the tunnel on the Pumpkinville Express, send apples flying at various targets with the Apple Blasters and, new this year, helicopter rides on Saturdays and Sundays.
At $40 per person, take an 8-minute ride in a helicopter up the valley, around the mountain and back to Pumpkinville. Rides are completely weather permitting and will not fly if there are high winds or rain.
Be sure to bring your appetite to Pumpkinville, as there’s a delicious treat no matter how big your appetite. Try one of their famous pumpkin donuts, freshly popped kettle corn, ice cream, homemade pies and baked goods, freshly made fudge, caramel and candy apples and more. Enjoy a meal at the Pumpkinville Grill and on the weekend, try Pumpkinville’s delicious chicken barbecue.
Pumpkinville’s season runs Sept. 14 through Oct. 31. Starting Aug. 1, pre-sale tickets are wristbands are available to order online at pumpkinville.com.
Plan your visit today by visiting www.pumpkinville.com, and be sure to follow Pumpkinville on Facebook for news, photos and more.
Halloween is not as far away as it might seem!