Offering pumpkins, wagon rides, food, live weekend entertainment, bonfires, a petting zoo, train rides, inflatables, and did I mention pumpkins, The Great Pumpkin Patch opened for the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The Great Pumpkin Patch originated in 1996 and sisters Pauline and Julie Swann purchased the business in 2005. Each year they have tried to add more features, and have worked hard to create a family-fun environment.
Upon arriving, patrons can tour the grounds, which offer magnificent fall decorations, concessions, a country store, and live weekend entertainment. There is a snack bar that offers hamburgers and hotdogs, and two concession trailers offering tasty items such as chicken fingers, funnel cakes, pretzels, and boiled peanuts. There are also vegetable plates, BBQ, and pies galore located at The Pie House. Plenty of picnic tables and a covered seating area are available to enjoy the cuisine and entertainment or to simply rest.
No parking fees or admission is charged to enjoy the entertainment and grounds; however, there is a $9 fee for the covered wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. The covered wagon ride also allows everyone to “pick a pumpkin” to take home. A reduced rate of $7 per person is offered during weekdays. The petting zoo, pony rides, train rides, inflatables, and Euro Bungee jump are individually priced and also offer discounted prices during the week.
This year groups of 20 or more can make reservations for a nighttime wagon ride complete with a bonfire, hotdogs, chips, s’mores, and drinks. The group will be taken to the bonfire and returned to the origination point via a covered hay wagon.
The Great Pumpkin Patch is open through Sunday, Nov. 4. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Handicap parking is available.
Julie said, “We’ve tried to create a place for families. A place where the children can play and families can come and enjoy time together in a no-rush environment.”
The Great Pumpkin Patch is located at 288 County Highway 45, Hayden. For more information, call 616- 6431 or visit the website at greatpumpkinpatch.com.