Renshaw Farms PumpkinFest offers fall-themed activities, attractions for all ages


What began as a roadside stand is a sprawling, pumpkin-themed destination in South Buffalo Township.

The 12th annual Renshaw Farms PumpkinFest continues Fridays through Sundays during October, offering fall-themed activities and attractions for all ages.

Established in 1834, Renshaw Farms is owned and operated by sixth-generation Renshaws.

“We have thousands attending now,” said fifth-generation farmer Bill Renshaw, 81. “I remember when this land was wooded and I hunted here. Now, we have people driving from West Virginia and all over to visit.”

Renshaw said attendance is up 20% this year.

The event occupies about 70 acres of the farm’s almost 300 acres.

“We have room to add parking each year and grow,” Bill Renshaw said. “It’s becoming a regional destination.”

New this year is a giant inflatable pillow pad, spider web climbing, outdoor concessions, a country-themed store, expanded hay ride and more.

You can take a wagon hay ride and pick the perfect pumpkin as you explore the six-plus acre pumpkin patch.

“I planted more than 15,000 pumpkin seeds last spring,” said owner Jason Renshaw, 41. “We knew we would still have PumpkinFest, but we are following the CDC covid-19 guidelines this year.”

Pick-your-own pumpkins are priced from $1 to $10 apiece.

PumpkinFest’s $7 admission includes: hayrides, corn maze, bounce pillow, petting zoo, giant pipe roll races, haybale mountain, 9-hole mini-golf, tunnel crawl, lasso and roping, fall photo and cutouts, giant picture frame for photos, giant spider web, bounce houses, tire mountain and pumpkin bowling.

Look for the newest Renshaw farm pet, a baby donkey named Larry.

“We’re always adding things,” Jason Renshaw said. “It used to take us a week to prepare. Now it’s two months to get ready for PumpkinFest.”

Visitors praise the event as fun and affordable.

“This is a great value. It absolutely exceeded my expectations,” said first-time attendee Melissa Girlardo of Shaler. “My kids love putt-putt (golf), and it was included in the admission price.”

Girlardo’s daughter, Ashlyn, 8, was drawn to the farm animals on display.

“The baby pigs are so small. I fed them,” she said.

Oversized containers of hand sanitizer are placed among the mostly outdoor event, with an indoor concession stand and eatery following CDC guidelines.

Admission includes most attractions. There are additional attractions, whose $1 costs benefit the Freeport Area Key Club and local Kiwanis: animal food, face painting, duck pond and spin art.

Also available: For $5, you can launch three pumpkins from a pumpkin cannon over a large pond.

Dine in the indoor cafeteria-style restaurant or nosh from two outdoor concession stands serving up festival staples such as hot dogs, pork sandwiches, fresh Angus hamburgers and loaded nachos and cheese.

No outside food or pets are allowed.

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725 , or via Twitter .

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