GREAT VALLEY - Pumpkinville isn't only a place for fun, food and excitement. It is also a place committed to helping the community in any way it can.
That's why this weekend has been designated as Pink Pumpkin Weekend. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of pink pumpkins will be donated to the Pink Pumpkin Foundation, which provides grants for breast cancer research.
Last year Pumpkinville donated more than $3,000 to breast cancer research.
"Fighting breast cancer is a very personal cause for us," said Dan Pawlowski, who owns Pumpkinville with his wife Diane. "We'll do whatever we can to help."
The pink pumpkins being sold aren't painted; they are specially developed pink pumpkins. "We planted about three acres of them and I think, it's one of the coolest colors of pumpkins that we grow," Mr. Pawlowski said.
In addition to the pumpkin sales, Pumpkinville will have many activities including top flight entertainment. On Saturday and Sunday from noon-2 p.m., Hintz of Thunder will perform. On Saturday from 3-6 p.m., Two Guys Drinking Cider (Beer) takes the stage. On Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Whiskey River Band headlines the day's entertainment.
Pumpkinville is open for fun, food and excitement daily through Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Attractions include the new Pumpkin Jumpin' Pillows. These two giant jumping pillows - 35 feet by 70 feet - are sure to keep the kids busy, and offer up some great exercise for adults as well. Of course, the popular old favorites are back as well, including the restored Hayrides, The Corn Cannon, The Singing Chickens, Goat Mountain, The Cow Train, Gem Mining, and Storyland. Visit the Six-Acre Corn Maze, one of the largest in the U.S., to find messages and win prizes. On weekends in October (weather permitting), take a helicopter ride and see the gorgeous fall foliage from above.
Pumpkinville also offers lots of delicious food to eat there and to take home. Topping the list is their famous pumpkin donuts made right before your eyes. Other food includes home-made pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, old-fashioned kettle corn, caramel sauce and caramel apples, fudge, jam, maple products, and much more.
The Pumpkinville Grill, Chicken BBQ, Ice Cream Factory, and Di's Pies & Bake Shoppe all are filled with goodies. Visitors also can watch apple cider pressings and see a historic 125-year old cider mill in use. And this year you can get a taste of Pumpkinville after the season - just order from the new online store at www.pumpkinville.com.
Of course, plenty of pumpkins will be ripe for the picking! Select your own for a special jack-o-lantern or for fall decorations, or choose from a variety of painted pumpkins. Pumpkinville is just minutes from Ellicottville at 4844 Sugartown Road, off Route 98 in Great Valley.