jumping-pillowsBy Alicia Dziak

Summer is in full swing in Ellicottville, which means fall is not far behind. While most people are sitting back and relaxing this time of year, the Pawlowski family, the owners of Pumpkinville, are busy gearing up for the upcoming season at the popular pumpkin patch, which opens this year on September 14.

According to their web site, “Pumpkinville enjoys the claim of being the oldest original pumpkin farm in New York State. In fact, research shows it might be the oldest continuously operated pumpkin farm in the United States.”

While certain Pumpkinville attractions keep visitors returning year after year, new attractions are added every year to keep things interesting.

New for the 2013 season are two giant jumping pillows. These 35-foot-by-70-foot inflatables will offer a fun way to burn off that back-to-school energy and are sure to be a hit with the kids.

In addition, the Boo-tique and Shop got a major facelift this year, and will offer a variety of new and different products.

Popular “old favorites” include hayrides, an elaborate corn maze, helicopter rides, the Corn Cannon, pony rides, Goat Mountain and Storyland. There are also numerous wood cutouts that make for great photo ops.

With so much to see and do, you’re sure to work up an appetite. You’re in luck, as delicious homemade food is everywhere in Pumpkinville. Whether you’re craving something sweet or salty, there is everything from kettle corn and pumpkin doughnuts, to apple pie, fudge, chicken barbecue, and more.

Pumpkinville will also be selling pink pumpkins again this year, kicking off Sept. 20-21 with the Pink Pumpkin Festival, which will feature live music and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breast cancer research.

Join the fun at the one of the area’s most popular fall destinations. Whether you have an hour or a day to spend, Pumpkinville has something for kids of all ages and is sure to become a family tradition.

Pumpkinville is located in Great Valley at 4844 Sugartown Rd. From the Route 219, turn onto Mill Street by Kwik Fill. Once you pass under the bridge, Mill Street turns into Sugartown Road. Follow Sugartown Road for 6 miles and Pumpkinville will be on the left.

For more information, call (716) 699-2205, visit pumpkinville.com, or like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pumpkinville.