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2018-10-10 / Lifestyles

The Great Pumpkin Farm provides fun for all ages

Pumpkin pie eating contests, pig races and more
by EMILY LOSITO Reporter

The giant pyramid of pumpkins at The Great Pumpkin Farm is hard to miss when driving down Main Street in Clarence. The farm has been around for more than two decades and has become part of traditions for many families.

When Kelly Schultz created The Great Pumpkin Farm, he tried to picture the perfect place his own children would want to go to.

“I took them to a pumpkin farm — about 30 years ago now — and I thought, ‘There’s a lot of people here, but there’s not much to do,’” Schultz said. “I remembered the fun places I went to as a kid. The rides, big, clean restrooms, food vendors and things like that.”

Schultz, who founded Antique World and Flea Market in 1981, started telling people he wanted to buy a pumpkin farm.

“People just laughed at me,” he said. “But once the farm next to the antique shop was up for sale, I bought it. ... And now we’re open for our 23rd season.”


Rows of pumpkins sit on one of the many displays, waiting to be picked by visitors at The Great Pumpkin Farm. Rows of pumpkins sit on one of the many displays, waiting to be picked by visitors at The Great Pumpkin Farm. The seventh annual World Pie Eating Contest will occur this weekend at the farm. The contest begins at 1 p.m. and is the main event for Sunday, Oct. 14, according to manager Katy Toth.

Schultz said the woman who won last year, Molly Schuyler, ate 48 pieces of pie in 10 minutes — a new world record. Each piece was about 5.6 ounces, which means Schuyler ate more than 16 pounds of pumpkin pie.

“These guys stand next to her, and they’re two and a half times her size,” he said. “I think they’re just amazed at how much she can eat.”

Schuyler, from California, has won the pie-eating contest consecutively since 2014, according to the farm’s website.


The “American Gothic” couple have turned into zombies and made into The Great Pumpkin Farm’s corn maze. Patrons can visit the farm and try to get through the maze without getting infected by zombies stumbling around the stalks. The “American Gothic” couple have turned into zombies and made into The Great Pumpkin Farm’s corn maze. Patrons can visit the farm and try to get through the maze without getting infected by zombies stumbling around the stalks. There are also pie-eating contests for adults and children every weekend. Toth said this weekend is the fifth of seven weekends the farm is open. “It’s great, fall, family fun, so everyone should enjoy it while they can,” Toth said.

Weekend admission costs $8 at the gate or $6 at Wegmans.

Toth added that the farm has many activities and events that are free with admission.

“It really gives people about three times that value,” Toth said. “There’s hay rides and face painting and the petting zoo.”

The hay ride takes patrons through the farm’s 30-acre woods, according to the website.

Schultz added that the farm has other free activities like building scarecrows, pumpkin decorating contests, mummy wrapping contests and a free craft area for children.

Coupons are available for the zombie paintball train, corn maze, jumbo pillows and more, according to the website.

Schultz said his favorite thing to do is watch the happy, young families pick out pumpkins.

“It’s nice to see young parents come with their kids, and they say that they used to come as kids,” he said. “It’s great to see family traditions start.”

Zombies will be stumbling around the corn maze from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. There will also be five pig races those days.

The Oct. 20 and 21 weekend events include the following:

•Local high schools compete in trebuchet pumpkin launches for prize money and trophies on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•Dinosaurs will wander the corn maze from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

•A comedy show will take place at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The final weekend of Oct. 27 and 28 will include the following events:

•Costume contests for various age groups

•Dinosaurs will wander the corn maze from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The Great Pumpkin Farm is located at 11199 Main St. and is open until Oct. 31.

The farm is open from 10 a.m. to dusk daily. Admission is free on weekdays.

For more information, visit greatpumpkinfarm.com.

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