|Lots to do at the ole pumpkin patch this year in Holyoke|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Entering its fourth year, Pumpkins and More has added Amaizing Farm to its title.
What began as a pumpkin patch and a few attractions in 2009, Pumpkins and More Amaizing Farm has blossomed into a full fledged day of fun southeast of Holyoke.
Not only can families head out to pick out the perfect pumpkin, they can get lost in a five-acre corn maize, enjoy food and snacks, shoot a corn cannon, climb a straw bale mountain, play in the corn box and even enjoy a campfire. There is much, much more to do.
Pumpkins and More began in 2009 as a dream based on Jackie Thompson’s love of fall and Halloween. Three years later, it has become a family affair. Many hours, days and months have gone into the planning and preparation for the pumpkin season.
Pumpkins and More Amaizing Farm will open for business Friday, Sept. 7 and be open Friday-Sunday until Nov. 4. Rain or shine, the farm will be open.
There is no entry fee to stop by and simply purchase pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn. A small general admission will be charged to those interested in enjoying the dozens of activities offered at the farm.
The design above is exactly what people will experience when they visit Pumpkins and More Amazing Farm throughout the next few months. The maze sits on five acres of land. Saturday nights will feature a haunted maze.
Paying the general admission fee will allow one to enjoy one cow ride, slides, corn ride, hay ride, corn box, kid maize, straw bale mountain, camp fire, spider web, duck races and the corn cannon.
There will be a fee for the corn maize which will have different stations throughout giving hints and helping those in need of help. Saturday evenings, a haunted corn maize will be held. No one under the age of 7 will be allowed and those ages 7-13 are to use caution when participating.
Season passes may also be purchased so people can enjoy all of the fun until the patch closes in November.
A campfire will be held each night. Wood will be provided and those interested are encouraged to take their own marshmallows along.
Organizers plan to have food vendors throughout the season as well as a cash concessions stand.
There will be many locations throughout the farm to take kids photos to get into the Halloween mood.
Heather Bieber said they are excited for families to head out and enjoy an entire day at the farm.
Every day the farm is open, organizers will be in costumes to help enhance the Halloween spirit. They are planning to have a witch, Jessie James, Annie Oakley and many more.
Small groups, youth groups, field trips and other organizations are welcome to reserve the farm for a day of fun.
Family and friends involved with the farm include Jackie and her husband Toby Thompson, and daughter Emma; Rocky and Barb Bieber; Brett, Heather, Aubrey and Laityn Bieber; Bryce, Lindsay, Jayce and Mason Boerner; Fred Secrist and Chris Wayne Bieber.
For more information and prices, visit www.amaizingpumpkinsandmore.com. They can also be found on Facebook where updates on activities can be found. Questions may be directed to Jackie Thompson at 580-2707, Heather Bieber 466-1237, Rocky Bieber 580-3482, Brett Bieber 580-5382 or Barb Bieber 580-9737.
To get to the pumpkin patch and maize, drive six miles south of the stoplight in Holyoke on Highway 385 and take a left on County Road 10. Drive three and a half miles east to the farm. Signs will help point the way.
Holyoke Enterprise September 6, 2012