Weekly Feature



2017-10-12 / Lifestyles

Enjoy the fall at Great Valley’s PUMPKINVILLE

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter


The Goat-El is a new feature for Pumpkinville in 2017. This three-story goat tree house allows visitors to feed the goats and watch them play. The Goat-El is a new feature for Pumpkinville in 2017. This three-story goat tree house allows visitors to feed the goats and watch them play. Every year, the oldest, continuously working pumpkin farm in New York State opens for a six-week period to kick off the fall season. That tradition is called Pumpkinville, which this year is being held from Sept. 16 through Oct. 31 at 4830 Sugartown Road in Great Valley. Roughly 100,000 people visit the 200-acre pumpkin farm each year to check out the more than 25 acres of pumpkins, the authentic 1870 cider mill, the famous pumpkin doughnuts and the dozens of attractions available for children of all ages.

“From day one, our goal was to create a family friendly attraction where we could sell the tens of thousands of pumpkins we grow right here,” said owner Dan Pawlowski. “We’re grateful so many people visit and come back every year.”


Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Road, Great Valley, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Tuesday, Oct. 31. To learn more, visit its website at www.pumpkinville.com. Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Road, Great Valley, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Tuesday, Oct. 31. To learn more, visit its website at www.pumpkinville.com. Pumpkinville is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, rain or shine, with free parking and admission, although there are minimal fees for some attractions.

“Some places will charge a lot just to visit, so we take pride in allowing free admission and free parking to visit our family farm,” Pawlowski said. “We have plenty of new and very neat attractions. including The Goat-El, which is a three-story jungle gym for our goats, and the Apple Blasters, which is a 3D apple shooting range where you fire apples at moving metal targets.”

This is the second consecutive year that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is affiliated with Pumpkinville to celebrate an anniversary. With this being the 75th anniversary of Curious George, Pumpkinville has made Curious George the theme for this year.

This includes a Curious George design in the 6-acre corn maze and the official character, who was visiting the farm on Sept. 23, 24 and 30 and Oct. 1. Curious George merchandise is also available in the gift shop for the rest of October.

Last year, the Charles Schulz organization partnered with Pumpkinville to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “It’s The

Great Pumpkin,

Charlie Brown.”

“It was great to work with Universal Pictures and promote their productions for two consecutive years,” Pawlowski said. “It attracts family audiences, and it is great to see the kids get excited about some- thing like this.”

Pumpkinville is famous for its pumpkin doughnuts, according to Pawlowski, but it offers plenty of other products, including homemade pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, ice cream, kettle corn, caramel sauce, caramel apples, fudge, jam, maple products and barbecued chicken.

Pawlowski’s wife, Diane, oversees the onsite bakery, Di’s Pies & Bake Shoppe, and she noted that it is important to keep its recipes updated.

“We’re always testing new recipes in the offseason to make sure we have something new and fresh for our visitors,” she said.

Some of the other daily activities include the Pumpkinville Express Train, hay rides, crafts, helicopter rides on weekends, which are weather dependent, and Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillows.

“We have really built a great tradition here, and we focus on having a family oriented environment,” Dan Pawlowski said. “Being so close to Ellicottville, it is a great chance for people throughout Western New York to really enjoy what we have to offer.”

Pumpkinville is a former winner of the state’s Agri-Tourism Business of the Year award.

Visitors can purchase a standard wristband for $11 on weekdays and $12.50 on weekends that allows for all-day access to the Cow Train, Country Hayride, Farm Pedal Carts, corn maze and Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillows.

A Gold Super Pass is $20 on weekdays and $21 on weekends and includes everything from the standard wristband along with all-day use of the Pumpkinville Express Train Ride. Pumpkins are available for purchase, ranging from 75 cents to $20 depending on the size. There are no pets allowed on the farm.

To learn more information about Pumpkinville, visit www.pumpkinville.com or call 699-2205.

email: nickk@beenews.com

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