Pumpkinfest at Shady Brook Farm is a great opportunity to share with the family the great rituals of autumn delights. Hayrides take families out to the fields where they can hand pick bulbous pumpkins. This enriching and bonding experience is punctuated with fun activities, neat attractions and plenty of homemade foods. The effect is one of a bona fide festival and a great day all around. Oh, and a great night too if attending Pumpkinfest After Dark!
At the farm yard are craft vendors with great locally made goods and food vendors with great lunch and dinner items as well as some of the best homemade treats around. There is also an amazing corn maze which is a festival favorite. As if the excitement of infiltrating a working farm wasn’t fun enough there are plenty of kid-centric activities. Everything from inflatable rides to face painting is available with admission. For an extra charge there are activities like gem mining and sand art as well as paint balling and even monster truck rides. The jumping pillows and spider web ropes are kid favorites. With a barnyard petting zoo, pig races and live music there is plenty of fun for the whole family.
Though Pumpkinfest is its own attraction, it and two other festivals fly under the banner of Fall Fest. In actuality, it is easier to think of these three separate events as punctuations to a greater arcing Fall Fest. Fall Fest at Shady Brooks Farm is a nonstop compendium of fresh produce, fun games, and even chilling scares in a style that can only exist on a rural farm. The festival runs the entire last part of September till the end of October including weekdays. Special dates exhibit apple events, pumpkin events, and their award winning horror shows. While sometimes overlapping, the individual festivals don’t run the entire six weeks of Fall Fest so best to consult the calendar before heading out.
Admission price is moderate and vary. Parking is free