Local pumpkin festivals for family fun
Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival, Sept. 28, Mount Vernon, and other local pumpkin patches and corn mazes
Seattle Times staff
Farms & festivals
Mosby Farms: 10 a.m.-dusk daily, 3104 Auburn Black Diamond Road, Auburn; corn maze $6-$9 (mosbyfarm.com).
Minder Farm: 4-8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, Minder Farm, 1000 Gluds Pond St. N.E., Bremerton; $6-$8 (www.mazeplay.com/minder-farm-corn-maze-pumpkin-patch? utm_source+Sept-Oct+eNews+2013&utm_medium=email ).
Scholtz Farm: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct., 12920 Highway 162 E., Tacoma (253-848-7604).
Spooner Farms Harvest Festival: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9710 Highway 162 E., Puyallup; maze $6-$8 (253-840-2059 or www.spoonerberries.com).
Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins: www.festivalofpumpkins.org.
Remlinger Farms: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation; $14.94-$17.11 (425-333-4135 or www.remlingerfarms.com ).
Skagit Giant Pumpkin Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon (360-466-3821 or www.christiansonsnursery.com).
Pumpkins, those harvest-season charmers, star at events welcoming visitors to farms around the Puget Sound region through October, many opening for the season this weekend. Whether your farm style is simply buying fresh produce at a working farm or you’re looking for hay rides, corn mazes and kids’ attractions, there’s an array of choices and lots of time to visit one farm or several through fall.
Farms opening this weekend include Mosby Farms in Auburn’s Green River Valley with a corn maze daily starting Saturday, and Minder Farms corn maze and pumpkin patch in Bremerton.
In Orting, Pierce County, Scholtz Farm’s acres of pumpkins, free corn maze and market with fruit, vegetables, jams and pickled vegetables is open. The Harvest Festival at Spooner Farms, a working farm since 1882, opens for the season Saturday in Puyallup, with 49 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash and ornamental corn, farm animals and a corn maze.
The Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins hosts events at six family-owned farms in the Snohomish area with pumpkins, corn mazes, kids’ activities and other attractions.
Admission to most pumpkin patches is free, with varying fees for corn mazes, hay rides and other activities. The Fall Harvest Festival at Remlinger Farms, a longtime local tradition, charges an all-inclusive fee for the weekends-only fun park with a hay jump, steam train, pony rides, corn maze, farm animals, mini roller coaster, pedal go-carts and other kiddie rides.
The most humongous pumpkins star at Saturday’s Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival in Mount Vernon. Anyone’s welcome to enter Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers’ display of their impressive achievements (rules and entry form available online), all hoping to best last year’s 1,281-pound Skagit Valley winner or even the world-record-holding 2,009-pound behemoth grown last year in Massachusetts. Competing pumpkins arrive for careful unloading from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with weigh-offs from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Besides the honor and glory, cash prizes are awarded to the 10 largest entries, including a $1,000 first prize.
There’s a giant cabbage contest and display area to show off any impressively large veggies and sunflowers you’ve grown, music, food vendors and pony rides, toad races and games for kids from 1-3 p.m., all at Christianson’s Nursery.
The Puget Sound Fresh website, www.pugetsoundfresh.org, offers comprehensive information on Western Washington farms, farmers markets and harvest schedules. Before heading out, think like a farmer and dress for the weather with footwear for the often muddy conditions on working farms, and it’s best to leave pets at home, since most farms don’t allow them.
Madeline McKenzie: firstname.lastname@example.org