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August 18, 2009 Steve R., R & A


GREAT VALLEY, N.Y. – Autumn is here and that means Pumpkinville! It’s New York State’s oldest continuously working pumpkin farm, with 200-acres in Cattaraugus County. This year’s season offers special festivals, activities for kids of all ages, and the tradition of selecting your own pumpkins for pies, jack-o-lanterns, and for decoration from the 10-acre pumpkin patch. Pumpkinville is open for family fun from September 20 through Halloween, October 31, 9am – 7pm each day.

Owners Dan and Diane Pawlowski and their children Jim and Lisa are especially excited this year, because Pumpkinville is the winner of the 2008 New York State Agri-Tourism Award from the I LOVE NEW YORK campaign. "We couldn’t be prouder to know that all our hard work to grow Pumpkinville into a regional tourist attraction was recognized by the state," Dan notes.

And all the special events that make Pumpkinville one of the best family-friendly fall attractions are back, including the Apple Cider Festival (September 26-27), the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off (October 4) and the Fall Festival Weekend (October 10-12).

During the Apple Cider Festival, a refurbished 1870s apple cider mill gives families the chance to watch how apple cider was made more than a century ago. The Pawlowski’s added the mill to Pumpkinville four years ago. Diane tells visitors, "It’s some of the best cider you’ll ever taste."

The Fall Festival Weekend at Pumpkinville features pumpkin doughnuts, made while visitors watch.

And the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off is a major event, usually attracting at least 10 pumpkins weighing more than 1,000 pounds each. More than five thousand dollars in prize money will be offered this year. "Pumpkinville features the largest weigh-off in the state, and we’re always excited by the quantity and quality of the entries," Dan says. There are also Giant Pumpkin sculpture demonstrations all weekend.

This year’s ongoing Pumpkinville events include the popular Six-Acre Corn Maze, one of the largest in the U.S. Find hidden messages in the maze to win prizes. Visitors can fire The Corn Cannon, and aim corn cobs at hay bale targets. Pony Rides are available, along with a fun "Cow Train" for the kids. New this year will be Ducky Derby where you race rubber ducks using old fashioned hand water pumps. On Goat Mountain, you feed the goats as you climb the mountain. You’ll also see more farm animals and take a Hay Ride.

The Pumpkinville Grille features hot dogs, sausage, barbecue pork, chili and home-made curly fries available daily, with mouth-watering chicken barbecue dinners on weekends.

And to satisfy a sweet-tooth, there’s the brand new on-site bakery, Di’s Pies & Bake Shoppe. Watch as pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies and muffins and pumpkin and apple pies and more are made, then buy and eat them as they come out of the oven.

Pumpkinville is located at 4844 Sugartown Road, off Route 98 in Great Valley, just minutes from Ellicottville. The farm was started in the early 1960s by Joe and Helen Haloran and their sons. Their roadside pumpkin stand grew through the years and in 1996, the Hallorans entrusted Pumpkinville to the Pawlowski family. Dan, Diane, Jim and Lisa have worked hard to grow Pumpkinville into the award-winning regional tourist attraction it is today, with more than 80,000 people visiting during the six-week season.


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