Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival Oinktoberfest Results

Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival Oinktoberfest Results

The 18th annual Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS)-sanctioned Oinktoberfest BBQ Cookoff, held during this weekend’s Fall Festival at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, is now in the books!

A total of 43 teams from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Canada competed for cash and prizes in six categories.

This year’s top winners include:

1st Place (Grand Champion)
Millers Backyard BBQ
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://millersbackyardbbq.net
With a total of 688.5140 points

2nd Place (Reserve Grand Champion)
Big Raz BBQ
Melrose, NY
With a total of 682.8228 points

Say “Aloha To The Pig!” this Weekend at the Great Pumpkin Farm As Oinktoberfest Highlights Weekend #2 of the Fall Festival.

Say “Aloha To The Pig!” this Weekend at the Great Pumpkin Farm As Oinktoberfest Highlights Weekend #2 of the Fall Festival.

If you love good BBQ – and who doesn’t? – the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival in Clarence, NY is where you want to be this weekend, as more than 90 teams compete in the annual Oinktoberfest BBQ Cookoff – New York State’s longest continually running sanctioned BBQ competition! The theme for this year’s event is “Aloha to the Pig!”

Preview night is this Friday, September 20 and includes FREE ADMISSION to the Great Pumpkin Farm (note that the Fall Festival will NOT be open on Friday night). Gates open at 5:00 p.m. so guests can enjoy finger-lickin’ delicious BBQ and enjoy beverages at the beer and wine garden. Buffalo’s own Miller and the Other Sinners will provide a southern soul backdrop of great music from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the main stage.

The Fall Festival kicks off its second weekend at 10:00 a.m. Saturday with its usual activities and events plus more delicious BBQ at the main event: the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)-sanctioned OINKTOBERFEST competition. Judging takes place beginning at noon; the awards ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. Team entries will be judged and scored according to KCBS guidelines and rules. Food categories will include chicken, pork ribs, pork butt/shoulder and beef brisket. The scores of these four categories determine the Grand Champion.

Sunday promises more delicious eats with the Backyard BBQ & RibOink-Off.  There will also be live music on the main stage, as well as a performance by traditional hula dancers at 11:00 a.m. and by Buffalo alternative artist Grace Stumberg at 6:00 p.m.

Also happening this weekend:  Zombies will be wandering around the superhero-themed corn maze from noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and The Balloon Experts will be on hand from noon to 4:00 both days making incredible balloon characters and designs.

 As with every year at this annual fall attraction tradition, there’s something for everyone, including amusement rides; hayrides; corn maze; the pumpkins and mum patch; pumpkin cannon; shooting gallery; homemade donuts, pies, cookies and pastries; Halloween decorations and special events, such as the World Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, the Trebuchet Contest and so much more!

The 24th Annual Fall Festival at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence Kicks off with Armed Forces Weekend

The 24th Annual Fall Festival at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence Kicks off with Armed Forces Weekend

The Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival will celebrate its 24th year as Western New York’s favorite fall destination when it opens on September 14 at 10:00 a.m. For seven consecutive weekends, the Fall Festival offers something for every age, including amusement rides; hayrides; corn maze; the pumpkins and mum patch; pumpkin cannon; shooting gallery; homemade donuts, pies, cookies and pastries; Halloween decorations and special events, such as the World Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, the Trebuchet Contest and Oinktoberfest, New York State’s BBQ Cook-off – and so much more!

This year, the Great Pumpkin Farm has once again declared opening weekend – September 14 and 15 – to be Armed Forces Weekend, in collaboration with WNYHeroes, Inc. The regular admission fee will be waived for active duty and retired military, police or fire department personnel who present proper identification to WNYHeroes representatives at the gate; they will also be permitted to bring one guest for free. WNYHeroes representatives will also be on hand at an informational booth in the Event Center at the Great Pumpkin Farm.

All attractions will be up and running on opening weekend, and additional entertainment will include Vinnie and Teddy, the ever-popular animatronic dinosaurs, who will roam the corn maze both days from noon until 4:00 p.m. looking for their prey, the Balloon Experts, who will amaze with their incredible balloon characters and designs and live music in The Witches Brew indoor or outdoor bar (weather depending).

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR:

New features added this year to the Fall Festival include:

  • Superheroes-themed Corn Maze

The Witches Brew Bar will be open every weekend, with live music inside or out (depending on weather).

FALL FESTIVAL WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS:

 

The Final Weekend of the Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival Includes Costume Contests and Dinosaurs!

Cash prizes to be awarded for creative/scary costumes.

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 27 and Sunday, October 28, the annual costume contest will take place, with prizes being awarded for Cutest Costume, Scariest Costume and Most Creative Costume.
  • 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.

And – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! – Vinnie and Dino, the animatronic dinosaurs, will roam the corn maze from noon until 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, looking for prey!  All attractions will be running both days and, as well, these special attractions will take place this weekend:

  • Wild Bull Rides! Take your chances with a wild ride on the mechanical bull, available weekends through October 28. Just $5.00!
  • Live Music in the Witches Brew Bar (indoors or outdoors, depending on weather) includes The Black and Blues Band on Saturday, October 27 and The Gripers on Sunday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days

There’s something for everyone, including the corn maze, hay maze, magic show, Boo Barn, amusement rides and more. Guests can also purchase pumpkins, gourds, mums and cornstalks and visit the bakery for freshly baked pies, cookies, pastries, candy and cider. And while this year’s Fall Festival may come to a close on Sunday, the Great Pumpkin Farm remains open through Halloween!

Depew High School took home this year’s two top honors in the Trebuchet Contest

Depew High School took home this year’s two top honors in the Trebuchet Contest

It was a great day for the annual high school Trebuchet Contest at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence! Depew High School took home this year’s two top honors: Longest Single Throw (687 feet) and Combined Throws (total of 2,004 feet – a new record!).

Forestville Central School District came in second in both categories with a Longest Single Throw of 502 feet and a Combined Throws total of 1,195 feet.

Pioneer Central School District came in third for Longest Single Throw (391 feet) and Williamsville South took third honors in the Combined Throws with a total of 1,093 feet.  Pioneer Central took the Storming The Castle trophy.

Watch High School Teams Catapult to Greatness During the 13th Annual Trebuchet Contest

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 annual Pumpkin Catapult Contest, as part of The Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival. Thirteen 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 21, with winners being announced at approximately 4:00 p.m.*

Here is a list of competing schools and times:**:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Williamsville South
    • Harkness Center East
    • Newfane
    • Buffalo Academy of Science
    • Nardin Academy
    • Pioneer Central
    • Scio Central
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Harkness Center West
    • Forestville Central
    • Clarence
    • Fredonia
    • Genesee Valley
    • Depew

*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.

**Subject to change for individual schools.

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: Longest Single Throw (502 feet) and Combined Throws (total of 1,427 feet). Buffalo Academy of Science took the Storming the Castle trophy.

Other special attractions at the Fall Festival this weekend include:

  • Wild Bull Rides! Take your chances with a wild ride on the mechanical bull, available weekends through October 28. Just $5.00!
  • Dinosaurs in the Cornmaze: Animatronic dinosaurs Vinnie and Teddy will roam the cornmaze from noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday looking for their prey!
  • In Jest Juggling & Comedy Show Comedy, juggling and family fun! Show times are 1:30 & 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the Entertainment Building
  • Live Music in the Witches Brew Bar (indoors or outdoors, depending on weather) includes Harvey Brice & The Unbroken on Saturday, October 20 and Somebody Maybe Band on Sunday, October 21, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days

As with every year at this annual fall attraction tradition, there’s something for everyone, including amusement rides; mechanical bull rides; hayrides; cornmaze; the pumpkins and mum patch; pumpkin cannon; shooting gallery; homemade donuts, pies, cookies and pastries; Halloween decorations and special events, such as the World Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, the Trebuchet Contest and Oinktoberfest, New York State’s BBQ Cook-off – and so much more!