Oct 10, 2013
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Tales from Pumpkinlandia Jack-o'-Lantern Wonderland

Tales from Pumpkinlandia Jack-o'-Lantern Wonderland

       On Oct. 10-14, Fort Hill Farms in Thompson will be transformed into Tales from Pumpkinlandiaa Halloween wonderland worthy of a visit from the Great Pumpkin himself.

       More than 1,000 elaborately carved jack-o-lanterns (created from pumpkins grown on the farm) will illuminate the way to a magical journey through a blue spruce forest filled with fairy tale characters, nursery rhymes and mythical stories that all ages will enjoy.  

       The experts behind the show design and pumpkin artistry are the 11th Hour Farming Artists. The group, all life-long friends, are dedicated to agriculture, art and education, and collaborate with a variety of like-minded individuals and organizations, especially local farms and artisans.

       Admission to Tales from Pumkinlandia also includes entrance to the six-acre Corn Maze Adventure and Mini Moo Labyrinth (remember to bring a flashlight for both). This is a great opportunity, but you may decide that the Pumpkinlandia show, which takes about 30 to 45 minutes to walk through, is all you want to take on. It may be helpful to know that the corn maze takes up to 2 hours to complete and the Mini Moo 30 to 40 minutes.

       The Corn Maze Adventure visitors receive a game sheet and search for 25 clues, one station at a time, among the corn stalks. Along the way, they “learn about farmland preservation issues and solutions like sprawl, sources for local food, the Connecticut Farmland Trust and open space.” The Mini Moo Labyrinth is designed for people of all ages and provides wide paths for strollers.  Both attractions will be open through Nov. 4.

       And on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 6, ReMax will offer tethered hot-air balloon rides for $10. Proceeds will benefit The Last Green Valley.

        The creamery will be open, too, so make sure to get some of The Farmer’s Cow’s delicious ice cream, made with milk and cream from the farm. Seasonal flavors   include pumpkin, apple pie and cinnamon. And thousands of farm-grown pumpkins will also be available for sale.

       Admission begins at 5:30p.m. from Thursday thru Columbus Day. Last admission is sold at 8pm. (this allows time to see all attractions). Admission $15; seniors & children 11 and under $12, under 2 are free, a family four pack special (2 adults & 2 children) $50. For weather conditions, call the farm at 860/923-3439 or follow on Facebook on the day you’re planning to attend.

       Fort Hill Farms, 260 Quaddick Rd., Thompson, CT 06277. For further information, call 860/923-3439 or visit forthillfarms.com.

Tales from Pumpkinlandia Jack-o'-Lantern Wonderland

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