Though most of us may still be in denial that fall is closing in, it is indeed that time again! And one of the best parts of celebrating the arrival of fall is the abundance of festivals that accompany it. With the falling of colored leaves comes the smell of apple cider, the bright, orange pumpkins popping up around town, and the feel of the crisp, cool air.
The western suburbs are fortunate to provide numerous fall recreational opportunites, one of which is The Pumpkin Festival at Marmion Abbey Farms. This farmland is maintained by the Monks of Marmion Abbey, and the property has a fascinating history. The proceeds from the festival help the Monks continue their ministries.
Abbey Farms begins its celebration of fall on September 19, 2010, and continues weekends through the end of October. This festival has something for everyone, including an 8-acre corn maze for adults, a 2-acre maze for the little ones, hayrides, inflatable play areas, games, and treats. Of course there are also pumpkins to purchase, and even a pumpkin painting station. To round out your day at the Pumpkin Festival, they have warming fires where you can relax and enjoy your goodies. There will also be two extended-hours evenings at the farm, where flashlights are recommended for the nighttime maze.
General admission is $10 per person (children under two are free) and includes unlimited rides, games, mazes, and pumpkin painting all day. They also have family packages for four or more family members. Pumpkins and food are available at an additional cost. For more details and directions to this fun family event, see their website.
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