Pumpkinville to open Saturday for fall family fun

Pumpkinville on Sugartown Road in Great Valley opens for the 2021 season Saturday, offering families great outdoor fun throughout the fall until Oct. 31.

GREAT VALLEY — For many years Pumpkinville has been Western New York’s premier fall family fun destination, but this year its first adult-themed attraction will debut.

In addition to a huge variety of food and beverages, Pumpkinville is adding a beer garden, which will feature a variety of craft beers and hard ciders, primarily from the Ellicottville Brewing company.

“Over the years, we’ve had many people ask for a beer while their families are enjoying the attractions,” said Pumpkinville co-owner Dan Pawlowski. “It’s taken a few years, but we feel we can do it safely.”

Dan and Diane Pawlowski, along with their children, Jim and Lisa, invite people to bring their families to experience all the attractions their pumpkin farm has to offer. Considered New York’s oldest continuously working pumpkin farm, Pumpkinville celebrates over 50 years as Western New York’s top choice for fall family fun.

Pumpkinville has also continued working with state and county officials to adhere to COVID guidelines making their 200-acre pumpkin farm as safe as possible.

“Our goal is to be both enjoyable and COVID safe for our guests,” said Diane Pawlowski.

The activities are endless. Pick a pumpkin, watch apple cider being squeezed, eat, shop and make family memories. The kids will love visiting the farm animals, going on a hayride, getting lost in the six-acre corn maze, finding gems at the Pumpkinville Mining Company attraction and riding on the Pumpkinville Express Train.

The Birds & Bees exhibit will also demonstrate nature to visitors. One side of the building will house a beehive with glass walls so visitors can see the activity inside the hive. The other side of the building will feature a hatching area for baby chicks.

“As a working pumpkin farm, we feel strongly about educating our visitors, especially kids, about the importance of agriculture and nature,” said Dan Pawlowski.

Let the kids burn off some energy on the Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillows or wind-down on the cow train. A major hit are the Apple Blasters that give participants the opportunity to aim at and shoot targets out in the field.

There are many free activities to choose from including the Punchin’ Pumpkin Race, Singing Chicken Show, Perky the Talking Pumpkin, Storyland, Kiddie Spookum Barn, train play area, a corn teepee and more. The kids will have fun feeding the goats and watching them climb a three-story goat tower at Topsy-Turvy Goatel. A great photo opportunity awaits in a giant rocking chair big enough to hold most families.

Tickets are required for the activities area Friday through Sunday and Monday, Oct. 11. All individuals ages 3 and up must have a Barnyard Blast or Hogwild Combo Pass to enter into the back Barnyard Fun Activities Area. No one will be admitted without one of these options.

As always, visitors may enter the front farm market, retail shop and food areas any day at no admission cost. For ticket information, visit online at pumpkinville.com.

Pumpkinville is open daily Sept. 11 through Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Halloween, when it closes at 5 p.m. It’s open rain or shine and parking is free.

Pumpkinville is located at 4844 Sugartown Road in Great Valley. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 699-2205 or visit online at pumpkinville.com.

(Contact press reporter Deb Everts at salpressdeb@gmail.com)