When autumn comes I remember the resplendent fall foliage of New England. With shrub-steppe vegetation or “high desert”, we don’t have that same experience in eastern Washington.
What we have, though, especially with amazing farms and wineries all around us are fun harvest festivals. There’s no shortage of them. It’s our season for pumpkins and apples.
We spent a weekend afternoon at Middleton Farms. Every weekend in October, visitors can join in the fun of the farm’s Fall Festival.
Enjoy a family hayride. Visit the pumpkin patch. And watch out for funny looking pumpkins.
Activities for the Little Ones
For those with little children, there’s a corn pit and hay maze. Our kids enjoyed these a lot when they were younger. They’re great photo-ops. Teach the little ones how to play tic-tac-toe using small and white orange pumpkins. Let them take in the farm sights in the barrel train.
There’s a petting zoo with convenient wash
On this visit, we got lost in the corn maze. Someone in the family said the farm’s corn maze is going to be easy. Quite the contrary. That someone also predicted we’ll be done in 15 minutes. After twice, maybe 3x that time, there was the temptation to do the SOS text –lost, need a clue!– but yay, we managed to get out without tech support.
I was skeptical at first but the potato blaster was a blast! Your choice of a little or big bucket of potatoes. Go big.
Go conquer the world or at least the straw pyramid.
Mr. Rock is one of the horses that give children gentle rides.
More Farm-themed Fun
Try farming foosball, pumpkin bowling, steer-roping and tug of war.
There’s a large jumping pillow and a new giant slide.
And if all those energy-burning activities make you hungry, there are food stalls and trucks during the festival. Apple and pumpkin donuts are available on site.
- The Middleton Family Farms address is 1050 Kahlotus Road Pasco, Washington.
- Admission cost: $10/person
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