Pumpkin festivals offer weekend harvest fun
Two local farms are offering pumpkin festivals during October weekends.
The Mortimer Family Farms Pumpkin Festival is taking place in Dewey at the former Young's Farm, while the Freeman Farms Pumpkin Festival is in Chino Valley.
Freeman Farms features a farm-themed merry-go-round, kiddie train, family corn maze, hay rides, petting zoo, horse and dog shows, pumpkin patch stage shows with dancing and music, Boots and Bustles re-enactors shows, and food, including homemade pumpkin pies.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekend in October. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for infants.
A special $10 festival discount pass includes unlimited use of the merry-go-round, petting zoo, family fun maze, hay ride and kids' train ride.
Pumpkins out of the patch are 70 cents per pound.
This weekend the farm features a special salute to the horses' contribution to the Civil War in honor of the conflict's 150th anniversary.
The farm is located at 1096 E. Road 3 South in Chino Valley. Turn east off Highway 89. For more information go online to azpumpkins.com.
The Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the corner of highways 69 and 169 in Dewey-Humboldt. Admission is free.
The festival features a pumpkin patch, farm animal kingdom, apple cider press demonstrations, family fun haunted house, pies from Rock Springs, food and craft vendors, Freedom Station inflatable bouncies, barrel train ride, hay rides and music.
This weekend includes the Mile-High antique tractor pull, while the weekend of Oct. 22-23 features a special pumpkin decorating and carving station, and the weekend before Halloween offers a costume competition.
Call 830-1116 for more information or go online to mortimerfamilyfarms.com.
The Mortimers reopened the farm in March, so this is their first pumpkin festival.
They also offer fresh produce and plants for sale every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.