The Final Weekend of the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival Includes Costume Contests, Music, Balloons and Zillions of Pumpkins!

The Final Weekend of the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival Includes Costume Contests, Music, Balloons and Zillions of Pumpkins!

The Final Weekend of the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival Includes Costume Contests, Music, Balloons and Zillions of Pumpkins!

This weekend is the last weekend to enjoy all the festivities of the Fall Festival at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence. But, as with every other weekend, there’s no shortage of fun! On Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, the annual costume contests for children and adults will take place, with prizes being awarded for Cutest Costume, Scariest Costume and Most Creative Costumes. At 1:30 p.m. both days, prizes will be awarded in the ages 0-6 and 7-16 categories; at 4:00 p.m., prizes will be awarded in the ages 17 and up category.

The 14th annual Trebuchet Competition took place last weekend at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY.

The 14th annual Trebuchet Competition took place last weekend at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY.

The 14th annual Trebuchet Competition took place last weekend at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY.

Ten teams from area high schools competed, with the following results:

Longest Single Throw:

  • 1st place Depew High School, 672 ft.
  • 2nd place Clarence High School, 439 ft.
  • 3rd place Hamburg High School, 393 ft.

Combined Throws (Total):

  • 1st place Depew High School, 1,725 ft.
  • 2nd place Clarence High School, 1,178 ft.
  • 3rd place Forestville High School, 1,134 ft.

There was a five-way tie between Forestville; Fredonia; Hamburg; Harkness East and Williamsville South for the Storming The Castle honors.

Depew, Williamsville South and Forestville shared the “Team Spirit” Award.

Area High School Teams to Compete This Weekend  in the 14th Annual Trebuchet Contest  at the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival

Area High School Teams to Compete This Weekend in the 14th Annual Trebuchet Contest at the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival

Area High School Teams to Compete This Weekend in the 14th Annual Trebuchet Contest at the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival

Area high school technology teams have been working for weeks to design and build trebuchets (pronounced treb-yeh-SHETs) to compete in this weekend’s 14th annual Pumpkin Catapult Contest, as part of The Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival. Twelve teams from area schools are scheduled to compete for distance and accuracy and with enough precision to win cash prizes and trophies for their schools and prestige for their teams.

The competition starts at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 20, with winners being announced at approximately 3:00 p.m.*

Here is a list of competing schools:

  • Clarence
  • Depew
  • Forestville
  • Fredonia
  • Hamburg
  • Harkness East
  • Harkness West
  • Holland
  • Newfane
  • North Tonawanda
  • Pioneer
  • Williamsville South

*NOTE: Media can call Nancy Cardillo at 716.472.6728 after 1:30 p.m. Sunday to get a better idea of the time the winners will be announced.

A trebuchet is a slingshot-like weapon used in medieval siege warfare that relies only on counterweight – no springs, motors, or agents like gun powder – to hurl large stones or other missiles. In this competition, pumpkins are the “missiles.”

Teams are required to design, build and test their trebuchet using knowledge learned in math, science and technology courses. Trebuchets must be constructed only of wood and the hardware necessary for assembly; no other materials can be used, except for reinforcement of gussets and load-bearing areas, and trebuchets must meet requirements set forth by the rules of the contest.

Cash prizes are awarded for the longest distance shot, highest total combined shots and for “storming the castle”(hitting a target 150 feet away). All teams receive a plaque for participating.

Students from Depew High School took two of the top three honors last year (for the second consecutive year): Longest Single Throw (687 feet) and Combined Throws (total of 2,004 feet). Pioneer Central took the Storming the Castle trophy.

Don’t Miss the Annual Pumpkin Drop This Weekend At the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival!

Don’t Miss the Annual Pumpkin Drop This Weekend At the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival!

Don’t Miss the Annual Pumpkin Drop This Weekend At the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival!

There’s an extra day this weekend to enjoy all the fun, as the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival’s fifth weekend extends into Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day).

The big event is the Annual Pumpkin Drop, which takes place on Monday, October 14 at 12:00 p.m. in conjunction with 97 Rock. Ninety-seven lucky pre-selected

97 Rock listeners will get to compete for prizes once the 1,000 pumpkin is dropped from a

100-foot-high crane, spilling guts, seeds and numbered discs that correspond to prizes.  It’s something to see, for sure! Visit http://www.97rock.com/2019/09/25/pumpkin/ for more information, complete rules and to sign up.

Monday, October 14 is also Wristband Day.  Guests can purchase a wristband for $18 and enjoy unlimited amusement rides from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (This is in addition to the admission fee.)

24th annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off Results

24th annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off Results

24th annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off Results

The 24th annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off took place today at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence and, once again, the results were over the top!
There were 11 entries this year.

Here are the winners:

  • 1st place went to Karl Haist of Clarence Center, NY with a 2,269 lb. pumpkin – a record setter for this event! Karl took home $2,500 PLUS a $1,000 bonus for having a pumpkin that weighed more than 2,000 lbs. (Karl won last year’s competition and set a new NYS record with a 2,027 lb. pumpkin)
  • 2nd place went to Andy Wolf of Little Valley, NY with a 1,911.5 lb. pumpkin. Andy took home $1,500 plus a $1,000 bonus for having a pumpkin that weighed more than 1,900 lbs.
  • 3rd place went to Tim Bailey of Jamestown, NY with a 1,604 lb. pumpkin. Tim took home $1,000.
  • 4th place went to Jeff Podraza of West Seneca, NY with a 1,462 lb. pumpkin. Jeff took home $750.
It’s Time to Weigh the Pumpkins at the 24th Annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off at the Great Pumpkin Farm

It’s Time to Weigh the Pumpkins at the 24th Annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off at the Great Pumpkin Farm

It’s Time to Weigh the Pumpkins at the 24th Annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off at the Great Pumpkin Farm

One of the Great Pumpkin Farm’s most popular events, the annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off, takes place this weekend as part of the Farm’s 24th annual Fall Festival.

Judging for The World Pumpkin Weigh-off begins at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5; winners will be announced and prizes awarded as soon as all the entries have been officially weighed. The owner of the heaviest pumpkin at the World Pumpkin Weigh-off will take home the top prize of $5,000, (with the chance to win twice that amount and earn a world record if their pumpkin weighs over 2,000 pounds!). Cash prizes will also be awarded for second through sixth places.

Last year’s winner was Karl Haist of Clarence Center, NY, whose pumpkin weighed in at 2,027 pounds – setting a New York State record and becoming the first 2,000 pound pumpkin in state history! The Great Pumpkin Farm also saw the first 1000 lb. pumpkin during its 1996 Fall Festival – 1,061 pounds – and it went right into the Guinness Book of World records!

Visit www.greatpumpkinfarm.com/event/world-pumpkin-weigh-off/ for more information on the Annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off.

Meet Your Favorite Superhero This Weekend!

It’s also Superheroes Weekend at the Fall Festival this Saturday and Sunday, in conjunction with WNY Superheroes and Cosplayers. In addition to taking your chances in the superhero-themed corn maze, you can meet, greet and have your photo taken with your favorite superhero from noon to 4:00 p.m. both days – FREE with your paid admission. Superheroes scheduled to appear include Catwoman; Superman; Belle; Rapunzel; the Penguin and Buffalo’s Wolverine. Plus there might be a few surprise superheroes…you never know!