Ferguson Produce’s Scarecrow Pumpkin Festival has become a tradition now through multigenerations. Families pick up local strawberries and corn at their roadside stand seasonally, then trek to the farm in October to savour autumn and to jaunt through the corn maze, ride a horse-drawn wagon, create a scarecrow from old clothes, launch a pumpkin, or get a face painting. The Dutton Lion’s Club concession booth offers food for sale and you can purchase all of your harvest decorating needs. The Festival is on every Saturday and Sunday in October.
When the bees are tucked away in their hives, the fun continues on at the Adventure Farm, celebrating the world of pumpkins each Saturday October 6th till Novemer 3rd. Pick your-own pumpkin from the field; witness the great pumpkin drop from the windmill tower and the amazing pumpkin cannon show; join in a pumpkin seed spitting contest, apple sling shot, tractor wagon rides, straw bale fort, and huge jumping pillow; visit the many animals on site. It’s Bushels of family fun.
The popular Port Stanley train ride adventure continues Saturdays and Sundays in October. The rides are one hour with departures at 11am, 1pm and 2:30 pm and during the autumn season provide a nice view of the changing colours along the PSTR right of way. (The Santa Treats Train Rides won’t be far behind – check out www.pstr.on.ca for details.)
Great Lakes is the place for the wonderful aromas and tastes of the fall apple harvest, and also a growing number of kid-friendly activities. Though this was not a good year for apple growers, Great Lakes has several varieties available, and three pick/play/eat packages to select from. Check them out at www.greatlakesfarms.ca.