New Attractions – Pedal Car Track, Corn Maze, Cornstalk TeePee 

By Alicia Dziak

Food! Fun! Pumpkins galore! It all awaits you at Pumpkinville, opening for the season this Saturday, Sept. 13.

Come down to Great Valley to explore 200 acres of fall fun. Admission is free and pay-as-you-go attractions are sure to please everyone.

New this year is a pedal car track, located in front of the Corn Maze entrance, providing fast-paced action in tractor-themed vehicles that resemble dune buggies. A Corn Stalk TeePee and a Pumpkin House are also new features sure to please kids and adults!

The Corn Maze, a popular attraction for years, is also new and improved. Professionally designed by a Utah-based company, the maze promises to be more challenging than in past years, while still featuring the scavenger hunt. The maze is sponsored by WYRK, whose logo is built into the corn — be sure to check out the aerial view if you take a weekend helicopter ride, offered weekends in October.

The popular Jumpin Pillows that were installed last season are ready to provide more high-flying action! The giant, air-filled pillows are built into the ground to provide exciting jumping for kids and adults.

Of course, you can’t forget to visit other old favorites along the way including hayrides, the Corn Cannon, the Cow Train, Gem Mining, Storyland and the Henhouse Five Review, a group of silly, animatronic chickens that sing and tell jokes.

And be sure to stop by any or all of the wooden cutouts for the perfect photo op! New this year is a giant pumpkin to pose next to and inside of — start a new annual photo tradition!

All this fun will have you eager to try some of the tasty treats on-site. Choose from donuts, kettle corn, ice cream, barbecue and much more! Wash it all down with some fresh apple cider.

You can actually watch apple pressings and see Pumpkinville’s 125-year-old cider mill still in use today.

Be sure to visit all the shops for a wide variety of fall and seasonal decor, maple and honey products, unique gifts and more. It’s a great chance to remember your day and get a jump-start on holiday shopping.

And then there are the pumpkins! Thousands of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes beckon you to take them home to carve and enjoy.

Don’t forget to purchase a pink pumpkin, available all season long. With sales of the painted pumpkins, Pumpkinville will make a donation to breast cancer research.

Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Rd. in Great Valley, just a short drive from Ellicottville, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 13 through Oct. 31.

Come out for some fall fun and support this wonderful family-run business, owned by Dan and Diane Pawlowski for the past 18 years.

According to the Pawlowskis, Pumpkinville’s goal is to “create great family memories without breaking the bank,” and that’s exactly what they do!

For more information, visit www.pumpkinville.com.