“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be sincerer than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.” – Linus, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
While the temperatures might be staying in the high 70s, when September 1st arrives, I cannot help to think about anything but fall – and everything that goes along with it. As many people know, it’s the season for “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice.” And while I am not going to mention exactly how many Pumpkin Spice Lattes I have purchased at Starbucks, or how many fall decorations (mostly pumpkins) I have bought so far this season (it is more than a few, but fewer than a dozen, LOL), another aspect of this season I love is all the pumpkin-picking activities that are available in our community!
Where Will Your Great Pumpkin Be Found?
Old McDonald’s Farm
WHEN: September 16th – October 29th
HOURS: Saturdays 10am to 7pm and Sundays 12pm to 7pm
WHERE: 16705 Coulterville Road, Sale Creek, TN 37373
PHONE: (423) 531-2676
DIRECTIONS: From Chattanooga, head north on U.S. 27. Go right at the Dunlap/Dayton split toward Dayton. Drive 9.8 miles and take a left onto Coulterville Road. The entrance to Old McDonald’s Farm will be on your right after a quarter mile.
PRICE: $12.50 per person (children ages 2 and under are free). A group rate is available for $11 per person. Payment methods accepted include MasterCard, Visa, and Discover, as well as credit and debit cards.
WHAT TO EXPECT: At Old McDonald’s Farm, there is so much fun to be had by all who attend. While the main attraction may be the Pumpkin Patch (where you and your kiddos can pick your favorite pumpkin to take home), you and the family can also make a day of it by trying your hand at the corn maze, going for a tractor-pulled hayride, or enjoying the animals at a petting zoo!
Guthrie Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
WHEN: September 30th – October 29th
HOURS: Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 7pm and Sundays 1pm to 6pm (the last ticket is sold one hour before closing).
WHERE: 490 County Road 67, Riceville, TN 37370
PHONE: (423) 650-2939
DIRECTIONS: From Chattanooga: I-75 North take Exit 42. Turn right off the exit ramp. Travel 1 mile, take the first road on your right, County Rd. 67. The pumpkin farm is 2.6 miles on your right. All you need to do is follow the signs from there!
PRICE: $10 for adults ages 13 and up. $8 for children 3-12 years of age. Children under 2 are free. For Redneck Zombie Paintball, it is $16.50 for all ages. If you are traveling in a group of 20 or more, there is a $1 per person discount for corn maze with pre-registration.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Fun! Fun! And more fun! When you make a trip to Guthrie Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze, you can expect a day of laughs and smiles, especially since your ticket includes:
- A hayride to the pumpkin patch (another place to find your family’s Great Pumpkin!)
- Tire Mountain
- Super Slide
- Calf Roping
- Hill Climb
- Petting Barn
- Corn Maze
- Hippity Hop Track
- Obstacle Course
- Duck Races
- Tractor Dig
- Redneck Horseshoes
- And much more!
The River Maze
WHEN: September 23rd – October 29th (military personnel, teachers, and ministers will receive FREE admission on Opening Day with proof of occupation).
HOURS: Fridays 5pm to 9pm; Saturdays 11 am to 9pm; and Sundays 1pm to 5pm
WHERE: 173 Welcome Valley Rd, Benton, TN 37307
PHONE: (423) 650-0710
DIRECTIONS: From Chattanooga: Get on I-24 E from Market St. Then, take I-75 N to US-74 E in Bradley County. Take exit 20 from I-75. Drive to US-64 E/US-74 E in Polk County.
PRICE: $10.98 for people ages 3 years of age and older. While group rates and special discounts are available, you need to call for more information. Payment methods accepted include cash, checks, and credit cards.
WHAT TO EXPECT: If you’re looking for an adventure, then look no further than The Rive Maze on the Banks of the Ocoee. For 2017, the theme is “Over the River & Thru the Woods…” The folks at The River Maze are turning fun into an educational opportunity this year by teaching lessons about wildlife in this area while you navigate through all 10 checkpoints in the corn maze. Of course, the fun doesn’t end there. In addition to the corn maze, participants can experience the Pumpkin Patch, where you can find a variety of sizes and colors of pumpkins (any of which are sure to be your family’s Great Pumpkin) that you can choose to purchase right off the vine; a soy bean maze; hayrides; corn cannons; a cow train; farm-friendly animals; play a game of tag with friends or corn ball; and more!