Although the official start of fall is not until Sept. 23, it is difficult to ignore the chill in the air which reminds one of the cozy season that brings vibrant leaves and tasty pumpkin-flavored drinks. For those ready for autumn, Rasmussen’s Cowhorn Crossing Farm Pumpkin Patch will officially open Sept. 28 with activities for all ages.
Activities at the Pumpkin Patch include a petting zoo, 13-acre corn maze and hay maze, hay wagon rides, giant hay bale swing, indoor toddler play area and eating area, and outdoor playgrounds. Visitors can also browse fall decor and, of course, select a locally-grown pumpkin of their choosing. Additionally, squash, corn stalks and gourds are available.
The Pumpkin Patch will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday, Sept. 28-Oct. 31. The patch will also be open over Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) break on Oct. 17-21. Admission is $7 for those 2 years old and older. A discount for groups of 10 or more people from the same organization or family will receive a group rate of $6 per person, as well as a free small pumpkin pie.
There are many events taking place at the Pumpkin Patch this year. Upcoming events include:
- The “Great Pumpkin Run”, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.: A 5K off-road foot race, relay race and Lil’ Jack 1K. Organized by the Grand Rapids FFA Alumni Association. Proceeds go toward funding scholarships.
- Cimarron Bee Farm Bee Demonstration, Oct. 12, 12 p.m.: Honey available for purchase.
- Food trucks on-site, Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20: Concessions will be available for the duration of the Pumpkin Patch season, as well.
- Pumpkin Bake-Off contest, Oct. 20, 1 p.m.: Enter a pumpkin or squash entree in either the sweet or savory category. Open to youth and adults. Entrée’s must include squash or pumpkin, not just pumpkin spice. Free admission is given to competitors, simply bring the dish for sampling and the recipe. For more information and registration, visit http://bit.ly/2zLiNbA.
- Pumpkin-Chunkin-Flinger-Thinger Contest, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.: Prizes will be given to those who can throw a small pumpkin the farthest. Bring a slingshot, catapult or any other launching device to try this activity. Entry fee is $5 per person or two canned goods. Proceeds will go to Second Harvest Food Shelf.
Organizations and local schools are encouraged to schedule a tour at the Rasmussen’s Cowhorn Crossing Farm. Tours are open Monday-Friday, Sept. 23- Oct. 31. For more information or to book a group tour, contact Becci Rasmussen at 218-259-8111.
Up-to-date information regarding weather-related closings at the Pumpkin Patch and general updates can be found on Facebook at “Cowhorn Crossing Farm” or cowhorncrossingfarm.com.