GREAT VALLEY - Officials at Cattaraugus County's Pumpkinville want others to know "your family's fun is our business."
The fall attraction features a number of activities including a duck derby which allows participants to use old-fashioned water pumps to move ducks, hayrides, gem mining, a corn maze, farm animals, pony rides, a cow train, corn cannon shoot, storyland, a spook house, cider mill and pumpkin patch.
Goods can also be purchased including pies, sweets, crafts, fall decorations, apples and more.
If pumpkins are what you’re looking for, you’ll find them at Pumpkinville in Great Valley. The seasonal attraction is open now through Oct. 31.
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A 120-year-old cider mill is one of the attractions. Visitors are able to watch apples being pressed into cider by the mill that was built in 1898.
Refreshments are also available and include grilled items, barbecued fare, ice cream, a snack shack, pumpkin doughnuts, fudge, maple products and more.
Special events will also be featured during fall including the cider fest, which includes which took place last weekend; Ellicottville's fall festival, which runs Oct. 8 to 10; and a giant pumpkin weigh-off set for Oct. 2.
When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily through Oct. 31
Where: 4844 Sugartown Road, Great Valley
Cost: free admission
For more info, call 699-2205 or visit www.pumpkinville.com.
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"Visit and enjoy the spirit of the fall harvest and the beauty of Western New York," reports the attractions website, adding it is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from the third Saturday in September to Oct. 31 at 4844 Sugartown Road.
Dan Pawlowski, who runs Pumpkinville with his family, said he urges people to bring cameras and appetites but leave watches at home.
"It's for kids of all ages," he said, adding youth in their 90s have enjoyed the facility, whether they take advantage of the activities or enjoying the fall foliage in the valley.
Pawlowski said he thinks families are so bound for time, he is glad to offer them a time to step back and not be in a hurry while they enjoy everything from seeing where pumpkins come from in the ground to farm animals or a spook house.
He said the facility began in the late 1960s and is the oldest operating pumpkin farm in the state.
Call 699-2205 or visit pumpkinville.com for more information.