by Natalia Radcliffe
Families have the chance to celebrate fall and the Halloween season at Gilchrist Farm’s Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch.
It is open from September 29 through October 31 every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free.
During the week, there are Pony Rides and Wagon Rides available from 2-6 p.m. There is also a Straw Bale Maze and Petting Zoo that is open all day, as well as the chance to pick out and purchase a pumpkin. There is a Farm and Garden Tour at 4 p.m., and a Goat Milking Demonstration at 4 p.m. and again at 5 p.m.
The weekends are filled with more activities and sights to see, including a Straw Slide, Pumpkin Sling Shot, Chicken Splat Bingo, Horse Rides, Face Painting, and Live Entertainment. On weekends the Goat Milking Demonstrations are at 9 a.m. Pig Races will be held at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
For the crafty at heart, there are Fall Farm Crafts and Pumpkin Decorating. Food lovers can enjoy Fundraiser Bake Sales every weekend along with Carmel Apples, Roasted Corn on the Cob, and Food Trucks on the premises.
There is also a Marketplace where you can support local vendors selling handcrafted items, homemade goodies, specialty wares and more.
You can get free entry to the Straw Bale Maze if you donate to the SCV Food Pantry. Lists of possible donations are available at http://scvfoodpantry.org/HowtoHelp/NeededItems.aspx.
Gilchrist Farms is located at 30116 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. For more information, visit www.gilchristfarm.com/harvest-festival.