It's pumpkin time!
We’re “closing in” on fall! That means cooler days, leaves changing colors and PUMPKINS!
In Arkansas’s Upper Delta, three great attractions offer fall fun for the entire family and the opportunity to find an amazing pumpkin.
In 1992, Ellen and Darrell Dalton decided to use a portion of the family farm to create Pumpkin Hollow, which featured Arkansas’s first corn maze. Over twenty-five years later, Pumpkin Hollow, located near Piggott in St. Francis, has grown into one of Arkansas’s largest fall attractions. The opening date for Pumpkin Hollow is September 18. Now, in addition to the corn maze and the pumpkin patch, there are activities for all ages. For the youngsters, there are pony rides, pig scrambles, the Kids’ Barn, the Friendly Forest, barrel train rides, pond slides and the Top of the Hill play areas. The entire family will enjoy the hayrides, picking out the perfect pumpkin to take home, and tasty treats, such as pumpkin roll made from Pumpkin Hollow pumpkins! Spending a fall day at Pumpkin Hollow has become an autumn tradition for families from throughout the region. This year the Daltons have added a Christmas tree farm…and in celebration, Pumpkin Hollow’s theme for 2021 is Christmas in the Hollow.
September 18 is the date for Pumpkin Hollow’s Runnin’ Scared 5K, with all proceeds benefiting the NEA Food Bank and the Hall and Gravel Hill Cemeteries. Speaking of scared, on weekend nights beginning Sept. 25, the “darker” side of Pumpkin Hollow comes out…Horror in the Hollow! Those who enjoy being “scared” can visit the Bubba’s Butcher Barn, Misery Manor and the Forest of Fright. Or fight the “undead” during the Zombie Paintball Patrol. From September through the end of October, thousands visit Pumpkin Hollow and Horror in the Hollow. Visit www.PumpkinHollow.com for more details.
Explore the 16-acre, hand-cut sunflower-themed corn maze (during Friday and Saturday nights in October, the maze becomes “haunted). Take a scenic wagon ride or do some “flying” on the zipline. Try your luck at the corn cannon or check out the duck races. Let the kids greet the animals in the barnyard then head to the playground for some more fun. And don’t miss the “hamster wheel” races! Visitors will also find a pea gravel pit, a tractor tire “serpent,” tunnels, swings slides, a pumpkin house and horse rides. Don’t forget to stop by the General Store, where you’ll find a large variety of locally made items including jams and jellies, homemade candy, homemade soap and more. Visit peeblesfarm.com for all the details. Peebles Farm opens Sept. 22.
Jackson Farm in Black Rock is one of the Arkansas Delta’s newest fall attractions. Located in the state’s Upper Delta region, the farm is marking its fourth season during 2021. The Jackson Farm Fall Festival takes place each weekend from September 25-October 31.
The Jackson Farm Fall Festival offers fun for the entire family. This year’s activities include fun in the corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, a giant hay slide, rides on the “cow train,” pig races, a pumpkin patch and so much more! And new for 2021 is the zipline, the tractor tire swing, an additional giant slide, a swing pavilion with a sand pit for the youngest visitors, and a zinnia flower field that’s great for selfies or family photos. There’s so much new to do at Jackson Farm, you really need to visit their website at thejacksonfarm.com to check out the additions. While you’re there, you can learn more about their inaugural Butterfly Release scheduled for September 25.
Happy pumpkin hunting!