Lancaster, PA

Ever Wondered How Many Ways You Can Destroy a Pumpkin? This Farm has Created a Festival About It

Sara Melissa Frost
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Pumpkin Madness Festival is what Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has decided to name their last scheduled festival of the year. On November 6, you get to bring all your leftover pumpkins from Halloween and fall decorations and figure out how many ways you can destroy them.

Smash and drop

You can smash, drop, carve, throw, simply destroy your pumpkins in any (safe) way possible. A fun way to let off some steam, right?

This festival is popular among locals in Lancaster and Ronks, and it's the 11th year the farm is hosting the Pumpkin Madness Festival. Activities they have planned will include the Pumpkin Smash, Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Putt-Putt, Pumpkin Chucking, and a giant pumpkin drop right at 5 pm. Once dark out, they're doing a glow-in-the-dark pumpkin drop at 7 pm and fireworks at 8:30 pm.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a unique place where fun, family, and farming all blend together. If you decide to head out to the farm to smash some pumpkins, keep in mind that they have gone cashless, in an effort to provide a more efficient and effective way to operate, allowing their team members to focus more on the guests. Cashless models have also proven to be a safer model to implement across the retail and hospitality industries, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is located at 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572.

Pumpkin cannon

Yes, you read correctly. While we're onto action-filled things to do with a pumpkin, Country Barn’s Barnyard Kingdom has their pumpkin-themed event on the same day, November 6, called Pumpkin Demolition Day. This place also has its very own Country Barn Pumpkin Cannon and you can watch the leftovers fly out of the cannon. Imagine the excitement kids would have seeing that!

There are also several other seasonal activities offered such as Pumpkin Shot Put, a Pie Eating Contest (yes, please!), Pin the face on the jack ‘o' lantern, Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Smashing to name some of the highlights.

At the end of the day, the fields are filled with smashed leftovers in the field, which the beef cattle at the Country Barn thoroughly enjoy. Pumpkins are a delicious and nutritious treat for their cattle and they eat them all in the fields as they graze.

Country Barn is a diversified, 82-acre farm located in beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch Country, at 211 South Donerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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