The Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival is located near Christiansburg, Virginia. It is reached by taking exit 114 of off I-81 and heading south on VA-8 for 2.2 miles. The festival is taking place until November 8th and is open on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Parking is abundant and free. Restrooms were provided in the form of port-o-potties. Go to http://www.sinklandfarms.com/pumpkinfestival.html for more information.
Although it was cold, we had fun walking around the Sinkland Farms property and exploring its activities. The farm operates a corn maze for adults but we only patronized the toddler maze; where our kids had fun jumping off of and climbing on bales of hay.
The pony ride was $5 and more fun for us as parents than it was for our 2 1/2 year old; whose excitement was waning as the cold weather’s bite penetrated our winter clothes. Other activities include face painting, live music, and an animal barn.
Hay rides are only $2/person but we chose to walk to the pumpkin patch instead. There were plenty of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes to choose from.
One of the highlights of the visit was the festival’s pumpkin launcher which can launch pumpkins hundreds of yards. The following video shows the festival’s pumpkin launcher in action. You have to look closely to see that the pumpkin starts beneath the launcher.
The following is our pumpkin carved to our daughter’s specifications: two triangle eyes, a round nose, eyebrows, and three teeth.
In sum, the Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival is a fun, autumn outdoor outing for families and is a good alternative to hiking on a cold day. A similar and equally fun fall activity is blueberry picking. Happy Halloween from everyone at Two Knobby Tires!