I woke up to a cool crispness in the air this morning. Fall is finally here! I just love being outdoors this time of year, taking our grandchildren to the parks, riding bikes, taking walks on the beach. But what I like most are the wonderful fall festivals. I love the pumpkin patches, hayrides, child friendly haunted houses, and the wonderful aroma of the food vendors. Here are a few of Sarasota’s fall festivals.
Hunsader U-Pick Farms – Pumpkin Festival
5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, Florida. Phone: 941-322-2168.
Oct. 15 & 16 – 22 & 23 – 29 & 30, 2011
Everyday at the Pumpkin Festival is loads of fun and consists of:
100+ Craft Booths • Live Music • Pumpkins • Charity Pumpkin Games • Pioneer Trades Village • Hayrides • Pony Rides • Chainsaw Sculptor • Corn Maze Scarecrow Displays • Homemade Ice Cream • Farm Roasted Sweet Corn • Food Galore • Pumpkin Pie • Pumpkin Cannon-hourly• Corn Cannons• Rock Climbing Wall• Power Jump • Petting Zoo • Barnyard Playground • Face Painting • Children’s Train Ride • Juggler • Fresh Produce • Bi-Plane Rides • Remote Controlled Airplanes • Butterfly Experience • Frog Jumping Championship
ADMISSION $8, Children 12 and under are free PARKING $5
The admission price includes: craft show, live shows, musical entertainment, hayrides, Pumpkin Cannon viewing, Chainsaw sculptor, playground, petting zoo and Pioneer trades village, Extra Costs: Corn Cannons $2 for 5 shots, Corn Maze $2, Swamp Buggy Rides $5
Other attractions are brought in from an outside source and have their own pricing.
Fruitville Grove – Pumpkin Fest
7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL, Phone: 941-377-0896
Oct. 15 & 16 – 22 & 23 – 29 & 30, 2011, Hours: 10am – 5 pm
Crafters, Pony Rides, Food & Fun
Indian Corn, Pumpkin Painting, Face Painting, Hay Bales, Music, 40 Foot Slip N Slide, Cornstalks, Mini-Train Rides, Petting Zoo, Free Torres Family Circus
Great Place to Get Fall Pictures Made!
Admission, Parking, and Hay Rides are FREE
Sarasota Fairgrounds Pumpkin Festival
October 28th, Saturday October 29th and Sunday October 30th from
12:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.
Welcome To The 3rd Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival, Where Sarasota can come together and enjoy a Festival that’s designed For Families of all ages. Often we see events that just don’t have something for everyone; well you’re in for a treat this year, with all New Entertainment, Big Shows and Carving Fun.
Phone: (941) 706-3102
“The Hometown Feel” is what you can except at the 3rd Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival, Sarasota’s Very Own Halloween Festival, the most “Family Friendly” Festival of all time!
A Festival designed for children, teens and adults that benefits All Children’s Hospital, returns to the Sarasota County Fairgrounds for the third year and is ready to bring back to the Sarasota Scene a Three Day Family Fun Halloween Extravaganza.
Often we see events that just don’t have something for everyone; well you’re in for a treat! Hay Rides, A Pumpkin Patch and Maze, Pie Eating Contests, The Flying Pages Trapeze Shows, Train Rides, Food and Craft Vendors, Interactive Amusement Rides in the Kids Zone and Daily Horse Shows are just some of the activities you can look forward to. The Pumpkin Tower and Not-So-Scary Haunted House along with Safe Trick-or-Treating for the Children will add to the festive atmosphere.
Price: $5.00, children under 12 are Free, Parking $3.00
So take the family and enjoy this wonderful fall season!
– Debra Fortosis