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Fall Fun & Halloween Events Guide
& Pumpkin Patches
2019 Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Festival
September 21 - November 3, 2019!
A favorite Fall family tradition
& Open Year-Round for old-fashioned family farm fun,
group and family
school field trips, birthday parties,
spectacular Festival of Lights 11/23/18-12/31/18*
[CALL FIRST to confirm 2018 Festival of Lights dates] and more!
Road, Youngsville, NC 27596.
(A little further afield; not far
from Wake Forest, NC.)
to Hill Ridge Farms.
(919) 556-1771 or 1-800-358-4170.
Hill Ridge Farms 2018
Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Festival:
September 15 -
November 4, 2018
Open 7 days a week; visit website for hours
(Bonfires! S'mores! Hot Apple Cider!)
Click here for more
Photos of Fun Activities
at Hill Ridge Farms
Hillridge Farm Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Festival
is open 7 days a week, and features covered hay
rides and pumpkin picking as well as pony rides, a moon bounce and music
in addition to the farm's year-round fun. Also explore a 3-acre
corn maze and the Giant Slide!
Hill Ridge Farms offers a day of family
fun for the whole family, including farm animal corral, barn, train rides,
pony rides, gemstone panning, antique
farm equipment, catfish feeding dock, covered hay rides to
the pumpkin patch, pony
rides (on Saturdays and Sundays - separate tickets required for each
pony ride) and much
and WHEEL-CHAIR ACCESSIBLE paved concrete sidewalks;
Choose General Admission or the
Superpass for a full day of family fun on the farm!
General admission (children under 2 free) includes:
- One covered wagon hayride
FREE PUMPKIN from Pumpkin Patch,
- Unlimited Rides on the Giant 80' Slide,
- Farm Animal Corral
- Fish Feeding Dock
- Kids Playland
- 80' Giant Slide
- Picnic grounds
- Jumping Pillow
- Barrel Racers
- Educational farm exhibits
- Enter the Giant pumpkin seed guessing contest
- Lots of
scheduled special events!
Also visit the farm's old-fashioned country store for sweet treats,
old-fashioned toys, gifts, pumpkins, and more.
The Hill Ridge Farms SUPERPASS is good every weekend during the Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Festival
- Everything listed above,
- Unlimited Train Tides
- One Gem Stone Panning Bag - kids and grown-ups have a great time sifting
the contents of their gem stone panning bags into the running water sieve for
Pony Rides! Pony Rides will be available
every weekend throughout the Festival (separate tickets required for
Chuckwagon Grill will be selling Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Fries and more
right here on the Farm grounds during these special Harvest Festival
Weekends. Have FUN all day at Hill Ridge Farms - open year-round - check
Hill Ridge Farms website
Cedar Creek Farm, 5011 Kiger Rd., Rougemont, NC 27572
(near Hillsborough, @ 20-30 minutes from Chapel Hill).
Come Pick out your Pumpkins and make it a Fall
Family Tradition at
McKee's Cedar Creek Farm!
Aerial view - McKee Corn Maze Design (from a
See more McKee Corn Maze images
Great Fun for the entire family in the country! A favorite annual
tradition for local families. The 14 acre
cornfield maze has 2 mazes to amuse young and old alike. Also available: mums,
pumpkins, corn stalks, corn, straw, gourds, and other fall
decorations. Farm Animals, shady picnic area, wonderful children's play area, and
2019 Hours of Operation
Open for the Fall 2019 Season
Sept. 28 - Nov. 3, 2019
Cornfield Maze Hours
Friday 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 1pm - 7pm
October 26th, 2019: Movie Night at the Maze
CornField Maze for more info.
McKee Corn Maze
and under, free.)
From Durham, take Guess Rd. approx. 10 miles to Hwy 57. Turn
left on Hwy 57. Go approx. 2 miles. Turn left on Kiger
Rd. Go 1.5 miles on Kiger. Turn right on drive.
Watch for signs.
From Raleigh/I-40: Take I-40 to
Hillsborough. Exit off of I-40 on Hillsborough Exit. Turn right
on Hwy 86 traveling through downtown Historic Hillsborough.
Cross over Hwy 70. Go 0.5 miles. Turn right on Hwy
57. Travel 8 miles to Kiger Rd. Go 1.5 miles on Kiger.
Turn right on drive. Watch for signs.
From Burlington/I-85: Take I-85
to Hillsborough. Exit off on Hillsborough Exit 164. Turn
left on Hwy 86 traveling through downtown Historic Hillsborough.
Cross over Hwy 70. Go 0.5 miles. Turn right on Hwy
57. Travel 8 miles to Kiger Road. Turn right on Kiger
Road. Go 1.5 miles on Kiger. Turn right on drive.
Watch for signs.
Farm (just East of Raleigh in Bunn, NC)
617 NC Hwy 98E, Bunn, NC 27508. (See Directions below and on the
Vollmer Farm is a favorite tradition for
local families, and well worth the drive! The Vollmer Farm is a
Certified Organic Farm, and produces strawberries, blueberries,
vegetables, and pumpkins!
2019 Fall Hours of Operation
Back 40 open
Saturdays & Sundays,
First Fall Weekend is September 28th & September
and Open Every Saturday and Sunday in October 2019
Saturdays: 10 am to 8pm
Sundays: 10am to 5pm
Saturday MOVIES projected on the Barn - FUN!
Bring warm clothes for you and your children.
Vollmer Farm October 2019
Front of Farm:
PUMPKIN PATCH, MARKET & ICE CREAM SHOP
Seasonal Fall Hours
Opening September 25
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY
10am til 4pm
10am til 7pm
10am til 6pm
Pumpkin fields, Farm Market Ice Cream Cafe
open during October on:
Wednesday, Thursday Fridays- 9am to 6pm
and Saturdays Sundays- 10am to 6pm.
Closed Monday Tuesday
(Please check the
website for updated info)
for the whole family!
Jump at Vollmer Farm!
Animated image courtesy
of Vollmer Farm
The Great Pumpkin Jump is an
amazing 40 foot x 70 foot in-ground jumping pillow that is a fabulous fun and fitness activity for ALL ages!
. . . all our farm-hands, family and friends have been busy jumping. The other good news is this is the safest playground equipment in the world!
Jumping Pillows have been popular for years in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and have been gaining popularity in campgrounds and farms across North America. The Great Pumpkin Jump is the largest pillow in North Carolina; we hope you'll agree it's fabulous!!"
Also in the Back Forty are the Udder Run Barrel Train (the train cars
look like cows!) and Uncle Russell's Snack Shack.
Vollmer Farm Back Forty
(Admission to the Back Forty Includes:)
Great Pumpkin Jump
Puzzle Corn Maze
Udder Run Barrel Train
No Left Turn Rope Maze
Tot Rocket Zip Line
Windmill Mountain - 100 Foot Underground Slide
Corn Cube - Over 100 Bushels of Corn
During your visit to Vollmer Farm, visit
Uncle Russell's Snack Shack, and Farmer John's Country Cafe and Farm
Market for homemade sandwiches, soups, desserts and ice cream.
Visit Vollmer Farms website for
to Vollmer Farm. (Directions: Go 10 miles past Zebulon on 64. Take the
Middlesex/Spring hope Exit onto Hwy 98 and head north for 4 miles.
The farm is on the right. This is 1 mile south of the intersection
of Highway 39 and Hwy 98 just south of Bunn. For electronic mapping
directions and GPS systems: Use the address 649 Main St., Bunn, NC
which will take you to Food Lion in Bunn. Follow the green sign at the
intersection and travel 2 miles east of Bunn. The farm will be on the
Halloween & Fall Fun for Kids and Families
in the NC Triangle - Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh NC area
Hill, Durham, Raleigh NC
& Pumpkin Patches
Pumpkin Patch guide
highlights pumpkin patches and farms that are family favorite outings in
the Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh -Triangle, NC area. These beautiful,
family-friendly, working farms are local treasures. Have fun
visiting a local pumpkin farm on a beautiful Fall Day!
Guide to Halloween
Local Museums, Zoos and Amusement Parks
Check out our
Family-Fun Local Halloween Events for lots of ideas for family fun
on a beautiful Fall Day throughout the Fall season! From Boo at
the Zoo (at the NC Zoo in Asheboro, NC), Halloween festivities at the NC
Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC, to the Renaissance Festival
(near Charlotte, NC) and Scarowinds at the Carowinds amusement park (for
older kids and grown-ups), there are lots of fun things to do to
celebrate Fall in the Triangle area, all within an easy drive from
Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh!
Fall & Halloween Events
fun events and festivals taking place throughout the month of October 2017,
and find special family-friendly Halloween celebrations on and around
October 31, 2017.
Fearrington Pumpkinfest & Carved Pumpkin display
is a wonderful Halloween tradition!
A "scaled back" Pumpkinfest takes place this year on
October 30th and Wednesday, October 31st (2019).
2019 Update/Note: The Fearrington Pumpkin Display is being "scaled back"
to solely a pumpkin walk; the shops will be closed; there won't be a
story time at the book store as in past years; but the restaurants will
be open. Take a stroll at night through
beautiful Fearington village and gardens, marvel at the
intricately-carved pumpkins. It's like a jack-o-lantern
treasure hunt: so much fun to discover the next jack-o-lantern
along the path!
Halloween October 2019 calendar and our
Patch and Corn Maze Guide (Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham NC) for lots more great ideas for
WEEKEND FUN in the Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh, NC area!
We are keeping the following info
up just in case it's helpful to anyone who didn't know that Farmer
Ganyard retired before the 2018 Season. Farmer Ganyard's wonderful
pumpkin patch/farm will be missed by all!
As of prior to 2018 CLOSED: Farmer Ganyard at
Upchurch Farm --
Farmer Ganyard's Retirement
CLOSED as of 2018 - due to Farmer Ganyard's Retirement
Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm
(formerly Ganyard Hill Farm),
As of Fall 2018:
Farmer (Milton) Ganyard is retiring from Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch
Farm. Read Farmer Ganyard's
heartfelt letter to the community, announcing his decision to retire,
Farmer Ganyard Fall 2017 Hours of Operation:
OPENS Sept. 22nd, 2017
Monday-Saturday 9am - 6pm;
Sundays 10am - 6pm
AMAZING PUMPKIN PATCH - a wonderful
experience to pick your pumpkin directly from the vine! Farmer Ganyard
works very hard to grow the pumpkins, cotton crops, corn crops and other
crops so that children, families, and school classes can have this real
farm experience in Durham, NC every fall at Ganyard Hill Farm. A REAL
pumpkin patch, just like in the Charlie Brown Halloween show where Linus
waits in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to arrive!
NEW LOCATION in Cary, NC
(since 2015) convenient to the
Research Triangle, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough/Orange County and
Raleigh, North Carolina.
Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm
(formerly Ganyard Hill Farm) offers fun farm
activities and pumpkin picking, as well as Elementary School Field
Trips. Farmer Ganyard's farm is a favorite annual Fall destination for
local schools and families! Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm has everything for
Fall Fun: pumpkins, hayride tours of the farm with a complimentary
pumpkin, cornfield mazes, giant haystack, a cotton field for cotton
picking, farm animal feeding, hay maze, corn fields to pick, shuck and
feed the animals, educational murals about bees, pumpkin plant life
cycle, cows, chickens, a picnic area, and more (all included in the
price of admission). A one of a kind place that offers a true farm
experience! Family groups are welcome to drop in and enjoy all the
activities any time during open hours during the fall season. No
reservations are needed.
Check website for
General Admission info or
www.upchurch.farm (under 2 years FREE); (Special rates for School Field
Directions to Farmer
Ganyard at Upchurch Farm in Cary, NC.
Children's Halloween Costumes
See our Guide to
Kids Halloween Costume resources
in the Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh area.
beautiful high quality silk costumes
Pictured above are just
a few of the beautiful SILK Sarah's Silks costumes and dress-ups; come and see the
Sarah's Silks line!
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