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Barn dance with Big Zephyr Band highlights Pumpkin Fest

DEWEY - The 2015 Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze at Mortimer Farms, benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH), will be open every remaining weekend in October. This weekend, the Big Zephyr Band will take the stage Saturday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the "boot scootin" barn dance.

The 15-acre corn maze, custom designed to represent PCH, offers three points of entry into the 10-foot walls of corn, based on various skill levels. After designing previous year mazes to recognize the Yarnell firefighters, the presidential election and farm fresh food, the Mortimers decided to honor PCH this year.

"We just kept thinking about our three, really close family friends who over the past year have faced situations like we did where they had a child taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital," said Sharla Mortimer, who owns the farm with her husband Gary. "So we agreed that the maze design and a portion of the proceeds from this year's event would benefit the hospital."

In addition to the 15-acre corn maze, the event will feature the farm's 10-acre Pumpkin Patch where families can wander and search for the perfect pumpkins to take home, one per person, as part of the festival's admission fee. Additional activities for families will include "A-MAZE-ing" attractions, games, farm activities, live entertainment, a barn dance and much more! Younger guests will enjoy the straw maze, plus the farm animal petting zoo, the Buckaroo Pony Corner, inflatable slides, a corn box, roping dummies, an obstacle course, Mutton' Bustin, calf riding, a bounce house, and a barrel train ride. Families will have the opportunity to meet Farmer Buzz on a hay-ride tour of the farm, who will share stories about agriculture and the history of Dewey-Humboldt. There will also be live music and entertainment, craft vendors and farm fresh food. Plus there will even be a blacksmith at the festival, creating works of art in iron!

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the Mile High Tractor Club will be displaying antique tractors, and bystanders can watch as they compete for "Top Pull," to see which operator and antique tractor can pull the weighted sled the farthest. On Thursday, Oct. 31, the Pumpkin Chunkin' competition will take place with prizes awarded for best design, most accurate and longest distance.

Festival hours are Fridays from noon to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission, which covers all rides and entertainment plus pumpkins for the entire family, is $15 per person, with kids under 3 free.

Located on the southeast corner of Highways 69 and 169 in Dewey, Mortimer Farms is the place to be every weekend in October for an "a-MAZE-ing" time at the 2015 Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze! Tickets can be purchased online at www.MortimerFamilyFarms.com.