YELLOW SPRINGS — Young’s Jersey Dairy’s biggest festival of the year — the 41st Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival — will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8.
The pumpkin fest promises fun for the whole family. Visitors can enjoy farm life for a few hours or a whole day — whether that means touring the cheese making facility, watching cow milking, or walking Cowvin’s Corny Maze.
Cowvin’s Corny Maze is created from more than 3.5 acres of cornfield and a mile of paths, inviting visitors to venture the twists and turns and dead-ends until they find their way out. The maze, which includes a hay ride to and from, is open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 29.
All are invited to check out Humongus Gus — an 800+ pound pumpkin, taste cheese samples and freshly-made pumpkin cinnamon sugar donut holes, and participate in pumpkin activities of all sorts. Families and children can paint pumpkins, bowl with pumpkins, and launch pumpkins with a human powered pumpkin launcher.
Young’s also boasts a 30-acre pumpkin patch, open every day 11 a.m. to 6 p.m until the season is over. Families can pick their own pumpkins by purchasing a ticket at Cowvin’s Corny Bin (located between the dairy store and the barn), then ride a wagon to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are $8.50 each or 3 for $24, which includes the wagon ride. Visitors can also pick out a pumpkin in the dairy store, including small pumpkins for $3, gourds and Indian Corn.
Weekend nights at Young’s are getting spooky with the Haunted Wagon Ride and Scary Stories, held 7:30-10 p.m., Fridays in October. Designed for families with children, storytellers will share ghost stories and then the ride will venture into a dark, scary cornfield. An adult must accompany children under 11. Purchase tickets at Cowvin’s Corn Bin, (located between the restaurant and the barn), $11 for adults and children, $5 for children under under 4.
Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival parking is across the road in a field. The festival is held rain or shine.
Pumpkins may take center stage at this event, but visitors shouldn’t forget about the homemade ice cream scooped daily in the dairy store.