It’s that time of year…time to load up the old pickup and take a trip down to the pum.pkin patch! Fall has rushed in faster than most of us can believe – before we know it, there will be fallen leaves to rake up in our yards.
Across the state are dozens of pumpkin patches and orchards to enjoy, even a couple pumpkin festivals. We’ll highlight a few for you to check out this year.
One traditional orchard that the entire family will enjoy is Country Orchard in Sioux Falls. This orchard was established in 1984 on 78 acres – today they have about 6,000 trees and plant seven acres of pumpkins. The orchard is conveniently located just 5 miles south of Sioux Falls on Minnesota Avenue. Enjoy a day in the country at Country Orchard. There are several festivals and events going on at this orchard, check out their website for more details.
The Pumpkin Bog Fest in at Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City is one festival you don’t want to miss. Prairie Berry is celebrating the release of their Pumpkin Bog wine again for the fourth year. Decorate or carve a pumpkin to entire into their contest. Visit their website for more details about this event.
Across the state in Huron is the Great Scarecrow & Decorated Pumpkin Festival. The annual festival features decorated scarecrows and pumpkin displays for one weekend only. This year the event will take place October 7-10. Community members have fun creating humorous and traditional scarecrow themes and decorated pumpkins.
Webster Area Pumpkin Fest & Night Parade takes fall festivities to new heights with a host of activities October 8-9. Enjoy crafts, food, entertainment, pony rides and a lighted parade on Saturday night. Many other events await you at this weekend festival in Webster.
Another interesting part of South Dakota to check out this fall is a 75-mile stretch on Highways 37 and 34 between Huron and Mitchell. You’ll find roadside stands and pumpkins galore! Also, here you’ll find the Forestburg melon-growing area! Yum!
So pack up the whole family and venture out into South Dakota this fall!