Local Pumpkin Patches
by Kristen King
It’s almost time for costumes, candy, haunted houses, and pumpkin patches. Halloween is coming up, and there is no place that is as much fun as going to a pumpkin patch. Pumpkin patches are great for spending time with family and getting in the festive spirit, so here are five pumpkin patches that are perfect for that.
First, there is Airlie Hills Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch. They have a huge corn maze, hay maze, hay pyramid, trike racing, hay rides, pedal-carts, wheat box, farm animals, an indoor hay slide, and a dark maze! Activity wristbands are $7.00 (Monday through Friday), but pedal karts and the dark maze are closed. Saturday and Sunday activity bands are $9.00 and everything is open. There are special pricings, however, for seniors and military personnel: $1.00 off with cards; children 2 and under are free. Airlie Hills Harvest grows and sells over thirty different kinds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds. They sell chips, kettle corn, hot cider, hot chocolate and coffee every day; however, on Saturdays and Sundays they also sell grilled sausages, hot dogs, lemon shakers, and caramel apples. It’s located in Monmouth which is 1 hour and sixteen minutes away.
Bose Family Farm is another great pumpkin patch. They are located in Albany which is 1 hour and sixteen minutes away. There is a corn maze, pumpkin patch, a play area for kids, mini disc golf, tractor rides, and a hay maze. The corn maze costs $7.00 per person, the hay maze is $3.00 per person, the mini disk golf is $2.00 per person, the hayride is $1.00 per person, the wristbands are $10.00, and children under five are free. Tiny pumpkins cost $0.50, small pumpkins are $2.00, medium pumpkins are $6.00, large pumpkins are $8.00, and giant pumpkins are twenty dollars. They are open Saturday 10/01/16 to Saturday 10/31/16. They are open from 10:00am-6:30pm Tuesday-Sunday, open to 9:00pm Friday and closed Mondays.
Another pumpkin patch is Lone Pine Farms. Lone Pine Farms is located in Junction City, one hour and twenty five minutes away. They have a huge corn maze they do every year. It’s usually a haunted corn maze, but they decided to not make it haunted this year for the children that come. They open on October 1st and are open from 9:00am to 7:00pm. They sell gourds and mini pumpkins for 99 cents each or three for $2.69, and sugar pumpkins are 39 cents a pound. They also sell a variety of different food. There is Bodacious Corn for 45 cents each or seven for $2.99 and Indian corn for $1.49 or 3 for 3.69. Many types of fruits are there like peaches for $1.99 a pound, plums for $2.99, seedless tiger watermelon for $0.59 a pound, seeded watermelon for 49 cents a pound, and pineapple for 2 for $5.00. Also they have tomatoes for $19.99 a box, grape tomatoes for $5.00 for two pints, portabella mushrooms for $5.99 a pound, snow white mushrooms for $2.99 a pound, winter squash for 79 cents a pound, banana squash and sweet meat squash for $0.49 cents a pound.
Heiser Farms Pumpkin Patch is another great pumpkin patch for children and families to have fun at. They are located in Dayton, 1hour and 56 minutes away but are worth the drive. 10:00 am is when they open and they close at 5:00pm for the whole month of October. The pumpkins cost 35 cents a pound on the weekends and $0.25 a pound on the weekdays. Hay rides, the Petting Zoo, Pedal Tractors, Hay Pyramid/slide, Farmerville, and Pumpkin Cannon Viewing are all free!!! On the weekends they have an Inflated Giant Pumpkin, Fire Engine Ride, Pony Rides, Grand Island Railroad’s, and Pumpkin Cannon Firing; each attraction is $3.50 and kids two or younger are free with a paid adult. They also sell food in case you get hungry. They have hamburgers ($6.00), hot dogs ($4.00), polish dogs ($5:00), nachos ($3.50), a frito boat ($4.50), apple dippers ($2.50), cookies ($2.00), popcorn ($1.00), chips ($1.00), kettle corn ($6.00), caramel corn ($8.00), pie ($3.00), and muffins ($2.50). The drinks they have are hot chocolate ($1.50), coffee ($1.50), hot cider and cold cider ($1.50), soda ($1.50), and bottled water ($1.50).
The last pumpkin patch I found in the area is Mahaffy Ranch which is in Coos Bay, 2 hours and twenty five minutes away. They are open from 12:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday through Thursday), but the only activities open on those days are the pumpkin patch, the corn maze, and the gift shop. Friday through Sunday they open from 10:00 am through 6:00 pm, and all the activities are open including the corn maze, the corn cannon, the hay rides, barbecue, the pumpkin patch, and the gift shop, all of which are open till October 31st. Carver pumpkins cost $0.30 a pound, the specialty pumpkins are $0.45 a pound, and squashes are $0.89 a pound. One Hayride, an unlimited Corn Maze, an unlimited Mine Shaft Slide, and 2 shots for the Corn Cannon are $9 per person; for groups with twenty or more people the cost is $8.00 and must be paid in one transaction. Prices for individual activities are $2.00 for the Hayride, $3.00 for the Corn Maze, $1.00 for two shots for the Corn Cannon, and the Mine Shaft Slide is $3.00. Everything there is wheelchair accessible, including the Hayride!!!