Fall Festivities in the Enchanted Mountains

Pumpkin shack at Pumpkinville

PUMPKINVILLE

Celebrate the Autumn harvest of pumpkins and apples starting in September

4844 Sugartown Rd., Great Valley, NY 14741  |  716-699-2205  |  www.Pumpkinville.com

Voted Western NY’s Best Pumpkin Patch for Fall Family Fun, September 14 marks the opening day for Pumpkinville!  A tradition for over 50 years, they will remain open until Halloween.  Stop by and take a ride on the Pumpkinville train with six cars and a caboose. It is a trackless train and a new depot has been built to welcome visitors as they board the train. As always, you can enjoy the hayrides, pony rides, corn cannon shoot, Storyland, cow train, goat mountain and 6-acre corn field maze. Purchase a variety of fresh picked apples or visit the Pick-Your-Own-Pumpkin Patch. Watch them press fresh apple cider! And to satisfy a sweet tooth, there is an on-site bakery, Di's Pies and Bake Shoppe. Watch as pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies and muffins and pumpkin and apple pies and more are made, then buy and eat them as they come out of the oven. There is a 3-acre play park with not one, not two but three 19-foot slides, rolling mounds, and teeter totters. There is something at Pumpkinville everybody will enjoy, including a Goat Walk and apple blasters that are ten times as much fun as the old corn cannons. The Pumpkinville Grille features hot dogs, sausage, BBQ pork, chili and homemade curly fries available daily, with mouthwatering chicken BBQ dinners on weekends. Maybe most importantly, is the pumpkin ice cream!

AMISH TRAILS

Amish Country along the Western Side of Cattaraugus County (between Gowanda and Randolph) 

For information or free map/brochure: 1-800-331-0543  |  www.AmishTrail.com

Autumn along the Amish Trail is an amazing experience, far different from the passing of summer’s busy events and festivities and right before the chaos of the holiday season.  It is a great time to relax and enjoy the simple life as you travel the countryside which offers spectacular views of tree-lined hills bursting with color.  Fall speaks of traditions, family and preparing for the winter by enjoying the last warm days of the year.  Harvest your own new memories and traditions by adventuring along the back roads of Cattaraugus County. The main route will have travelers spanning the Western side of Cattaraugus County, between Gowanda and Randolph on Rt. 62, where you can make turn-offs and impromptu stops by following hand-painted signs.  Appreciate unmatched Amish quality and craftsmanship.  Well-known for their work ethic, Amish artisans are also famous for their products’ exceptional quality and craftsmanship. Expect to find colorful handmade quilts and rugs, detailed indoor and outdoor furniture, fun wooden toys, leather harnesses, as well as fresh baked goods, candies, jams and cheese. However, leave your debit and credit cards at home – they only accept cash. Shops are closed on Sundays.  

NIGHT LIGHTS AT GRIFFIS

Wednesdays through Saturdays starting September 18

Griffis Sculpture Park - Mill Valley Site
6902 Mill Valley Rd., East Otto, NY 14729  |  716-667-2808  |  www.GriffisPark.org

It’s time again for that magical time of year, when you get you to experience one of our favorite parks in a whole new light ... Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park returns for the 7th consecutive autumn!  This year expect more lights, more entertainment and more fun!  A portion of the Mill Valley Rd. site of Griffis Sculpture Park will be decorated with creative lighting.  This includes the trails and the sculptures, which will create a truly unique experience.  If you have ever wondered what the park looks like at night, this is your chance!  Opening September 18 and running from Wednesday to Saturday from that week up until Ellicottville’s Fall Festival weekend (Oct. 12), visitors are encouraged to bring a flashlight and wear clothing appropriate for hiking.  Night Lights can be closed due to heavy rains, so make sure you follow Griffis Sculpture Park on Facebook for updates. 

SALAMANCA SENECA FALLING LEAVES FESTIVAL

Celebrate Autumn October 4-6

Jefferson St. Park, Salamanca, NY 14779  |  facebook.com/SalamancaFallFest

The 42nd Annual Salamanca Seneca Falling Leaves Festival returns to Jefferson St. Park October 4-6 in Salamanca. Experience Seneca culture and heritage while you enjoy the beautiful Fall foliage and FREE amusement rides and a calendar full of Fall Fun!  The carnival rides will run Saturday and Sunday along with free bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting and balloon animals. Free live entertainment from the Championship Wrestling Men & Women from Empire State Wrestling is scheduled for Friday evening and a performance from The Porcelain Busdrivers for the “Festival Dance” in the park will take place Saturday evening.  As always, the Grand Parade will march on Sunday and Seneca Gaming & Entertainment is bringing back the Wind Tunnel Money Machine. This is a festival you won’t want to miss!

WILMA FESTIVAL

Locally-Made products Festival October 19-20

Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Little Valley, NY  |  716-938-2318  |  EMFun.us/WILMA

Visit the 7th annual WILMA Woolly Bear Weekend October 19-20 to support local Cattaraugus County businesses.  WILMA stands for We Invite Local Manufacturers & Artisans and it is your one stop shop for perusing items handmade or manufactured by people in Cattaraugus County. This event was created to help promote “shop local” and buy local, just in time for the holiday season. There is FREE admission and prizes to be given out, as well as kids activities, donuts and cider, a Chinese auction, and of course the winter weather prediction by “WILMA” the Woolly Bear Caterpillar.  So come for the fun but leave surprised at the amazing talent of the residents of Cattaraugus County.  New for 2019 is the Enchanted Psychic Fair. The outdoor pavilion (covered) will be transformed into an Enchanted Psychic Fair with mediums, tarot card readers and other vendors of the enchanted realm!

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