My dad, Jim, started doing the pumpkin patch fifteen years ago. He thought it sounded like fun, and we were looking for a way to educate people about farms, Wegele says. People are second, third and fourth generation from living on a farm, so the festival is a good opportunity to be on one. A lot of families now dont have grandparents or great-grandparents to visit on a farm there are just fewer and fewer.
The Fall Festival is open daily through October 30 at Anderson Farms, 6728 County Road 3 1/4 in Erie. The $10 to $12 admission fee includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch (with a stop to pet buffalo and Scottish cattle), pumpkin launching, pedal carts, mine-car rides and barrel-train rides. For hours and other information, call 303-828-5210 or go to www.andersonfarms.com.
Sept. 24-Oct. 31, 2011