Pumpkin Weekends throughout October at Blackberry Farm
● By Katelyn Nelson
The “Pumpkin Train” is a central highlight at Blackberry Farm during Pumpkin Weekends, which begin Oct. 3 and run every Saturday and Sunday – plus Columbus Day through October.
Blackberry Farm celebrate fall this season throughout the month of October with its popular Pumpkin Weekends beginning Sat., Oct 3. Park hours are 11am–5pm daily, with regular admission rates for residents and non-residents.
Each weekend – and Columbus Day (Oct. 12) – Blackberry Farm will be festively decorated in the spirit of pumpkin season. A picnic area will have pumpkins for purchase, and an assortment of decorating materials will be provided. Carousel rides, hay wagon rides, pony rides, paddle boats, a pedal tractor course and tours on the “Pumpkin Train” are part of each weekend’s festivities., along with the historic museums and interactive farm animal areas.
New this year is the Corn Crib – akin to a sandbox full of corn – where children can roll and wriggle, farm-style. Also, Lake Gregory will host the Pumpkin Paddle and be converted into a watery pumpkin patch where guests can ride a paddle boat and use nets to scoop floating pumpkins for carving.
Another popular attraction is the new Adventure Playground, a uniquely innovative play area featuring climbing decks, slides, ropes and catwalk-style bridges connecting an array of playhouses on multiple levels – and a 70-foot zip-line.
“Pumpkin Weekends originated as a fall festival day, but it was so popular that we expanded it to include every weekend,” said Sandie Gilmer, facility supervisor at Blackberry Farm. “This is such a fun time of year that we want to make the season last just a little longer.”
Other attractions include an official pumpkin carver on site Oct. 10, an appearance by the Pumpkin Princess on Oct. 17 and the annual Trick-or-Treat Walk and Costume Contest on Oct. 24.
Residents $4.50 child/senior, $5 adult; non-residents $7 child/senior, $8 adult. 630-892-1550, foxvalleyparkdistrict.org