By Mary Heyl
It’s finally here: the opening weekend of Pumpkinville! Enjoyed by over 100,000 visitors each year, the area’s most beloved fall destination opens on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. For the next six weeks, Pumpkinville will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Halloween. This year, the Pawlowski family is excited to announce that Pumpkinville is partnering with Universal Pictures’ Curious George movie to bring families all kinds of fun surprises this fall!
Located at 4844 Sugartown Road in Great Valley, Pumpkinville has more than 25 acres of pumpkins for visitors to choose from, as well as a variety of gourds for decorating and eating! Fall is also the season for apples, and you can bring home a bag or two. Be sure to check out Pumpkinville’s restored 1870s cider mill in action, and enjoy a fresh glass of cider.
This year, Universal Pictures is partnering with Pumpkinville for the 75th anniversary of the Curious George book series, as well as the upcoming Curious George movie! The Pawlowskis are excited to have visitors explore this year’s six-acre corn maze, which features Curious George leaping out of a jack-o-lantern! The maze, which was planted in mid- May, is about eight feet tall, and is sure to give visitors a run for their money. Curious George, himself, will be visiting Pumpkinville on the weekends of Sept. 23 and 24 and Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There will also be Curious George merchandise available in the gift shop.
Did you know that Pumpkinville is the oldest, continuously operating pumpkin farm in the state? With a reputation like that, it’s no wonder that families return year after year to pick their pumpkins and enjoy a day of fun activities! “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 Dan Pawlowski, who owns this nationally recognized agri-tourism attraction with his wife Diane and their children. “We’re grateful so many people visit and come back every year.”
Children will enjoy the many free activities, like petting the farm animals, playing in the Corn TeePee and the Kiddie Spookum Barn, and meeting Perky, the Talking Pumpkin. Visitors can also purchase an activity wristband to get the full Pumpkinville experience and enjoy the farm pedal carts, country hayrides, cow train and the six-acre corn maze. Other activities for 2017 include the Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillows, hayrides, Gem Mining, and the Apple Blasters, which are air compressed guns that visitors can use to fire apples at various metal targets.
Don’t forget to bring your appetite to Pumpkinville, as there’s a delicious treat no matter how big your appetite! Try one of their famous pumpkin donuts, freshly popped kettle corn, ice cream, homemade pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, freshly made fudge, caramel and candy apples and more. Enjoy a meal at the Pumpkinville Grill and on the weekend, try Pumpkinville’s delicious chicken barbecue. “We’re always testing new recipes in the off season to make sure we have something new and fresh for our visitors,” said Diane, who oversees the on-site bakery.
“This is our family’s twenty-third year in business,” said Diane, “and we’re looking forward to another great season this year!” Plan your visit today by visiting www.pumpkinville.com, and be sure to follow Pumpkinville on Facebook for news, photos and more.