Searching for the perfect pumpkin and taking in the harvest festival at the Bauman’s Farm.
ASHLEY SMITH / Statesman Journal
We’re back in harvest festival season, so it’s time to dress the kiddos in flannel and get your apple cider on.
Mid-Valley harvest festivals range from the elaborate and large-scale (think: Bauman’s) to the smaller and more intimate (Fordyce). Most harvest festivals have hay for climbing/exploring, apple cider for drinking hot or cold, and plenty of pumpkin-themed fun.
Certain activities are only available on the weekends, so call ahead if something specific catches your eye.
Things to do: Animal barn, apple cannon, apple slingshot, apple tasting, barnyard bridge, bug train, corn maze, corn tunnels, dark maze, frontier fort, gem mining, giant slide, gopher hole, hayride, jumping pad, jumping pillow, kid’s zone, laser tag, little tykes zone, nut house, obstacle course, pedal carts, playground, pumpkin hill, rope maze, slide tower, sock hop, swing line, tire pyramid
Eat and drink: Coffee, apple cider doughnuts, sausages, Gilgamesh beer, Bauman’s cider, curly fries, hand-dipped corn dogs, roasted squash and more.
Cost: Weekends: $6 general admission for everyone 3 and older, $17 for an activity wristband, $20 for the ultimate wristband; both wristbands include general admission. Weekdays: $5 general admission, $8 activity wristband, $12 ultimate wristband.
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays Sept. 23rd – Oct. 31
Where: 12989 Howell Prairie Road NE, Gervais
For more information: 503-792-3524, baumanshf.com
Things to do: Pumpkin patch, hayrides (weekends), corn maze, pedal tractors, duck races, steer roping ring toss, pie eating contest, pony rides, live music, pioneer camp, petting zoo
Eat and drink: Weekdays: caramel apples, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, pumpkin doughnuts. Weekends: Apple cider slushies, sausage, roasted corn, elephant ears, roasted squash, baked apples, kettle corn, curly fries, apple and marionberry pie, espresso and ice cream treats.
Cost: Weekends: $8 for everyone 3 and older, free on weekdays, $3 for the corn maze only on weekdays
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays Sept. 30-Oct. 31.
Where: 5504 Hazelgreen Road NE, Salem
For more information: 503-393-1506, ezorchards.com/harvest-festival
French Prairie Gardens & Family Farm
Things to do: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay maze, animal feeding, giant slides, farm ninja challenge, pigtucky derby (pig races), duck races, farm games, farm swings, tire pile, pig barrel train rides, slingshot, corn cannon, tractor wagon ride.
What to eat and drink: Hard cider, beer on tap, barbecue, hand-dipped corn dogs
Cost: $8 per person, $15 per person for weekend farm fun wristband
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 30 to Oct. 31
Where: 17673 French Prairie Road, St. Paul
For more information: 503-633-8445, fpgardens.com/events
Airlie Hills Farm
Things to do: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay maze, hay pyramid, trike racing, bounce house, hayrides, pedal-karts, dark maze, wheat box, farm animals, indoor hay slides
What to eat and drink: Kettle corn, grilled sausage, house-smoked pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, lemon shakers, caramel apples, hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee
Cost: $8 activity wristband Thursdays and Fridays (3 years and older), $10 activity wristband Saturdays and Sundays (3 years and older).
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Oct. 5 to Oct. 29
Where: 10720 Airlie Road, Monmouth
For more information: 503-932-8083, airliehills.com
Fir Point Farms
Things to do: Kids zone, corn maze, glow-in-the-dark pumpkin painting, pumpkin walk, cow train, giant slides, paintball gallery, bounce houses, hayrides, pumpkin patch, petting zoo. Badmitton, hazelnut nut house, Noah’s Ark, nature trail, tire swing, corn toss, tetherball, volleyball and parking are free.
What to eat and drink: Food court, Oktoberfest sausage and beer garden, apple cider doughnuts, pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, cranberry-orange bread, fresh apple cider. Within the farm store, you can also get sandwiches with house-roasted meats and house-baked bread.
Cost: $14 per person for all activities all day long, or $3-$5 per activity.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through October.
Where: 14601 Arndt Road, Aurora
For more information: 503-678-2455 firpointfarms.com
Things to do: Pumpkin patch, apple picking, indoor hay maze, pony and donkeys, corn maze, haunted corn maze (at dusk on the weekends starting Oct. 12), hay fort and hay rides
What to eat and drink: Take-home pies and pastries in the farm market
Cost: Free admission for pumpkin patch, hay fort and animals. Corn maze: $4.95. Family-friendly night corn maze: $6.50 Thursdays. Haunted corn maze: $11 Fridays and Saturdays.
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 1-Oct. 31.
Where: 7023 Sunnyview Road NE, Salem
For more information: 503-362-5105, fordycefarm.com/events
Oregon’s Bounty: A Celebration of Harvest at the Oregon State Capitol
Things to do: Face painting, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating station, dancing, baby animals, antique tractor display, live music
What to eat and drink: Oregon Dairy Council will offer samples, as well as a pear sampling table and others. Guests can also go to a ticketed luncheon from 11:30 to 1 p.m., put on by the Oregon Department of Agriculture
Cost: $10 to the luncheon, free to the main event
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7
Where: Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE
For more information: 503-986-1388
Greens Bridge Gardens
Things to do: Hay maze, corn maze, play tunnel, papa’s hayride, little hay maze, duck races, petting zoo, wheat box, pumpkin patch, pumpkin blaster, slide, hay fort, farm animals
Cost: $8 activity bracelet, or $2 per special activity, free admission.
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1-Oct. 31
Where: 3730 Jefferson Scio Drive SE, Jefferson
For more information: 541-327-2995, greensbridgegardens.com/pumpkin
Things to do: Pumpkin patch, hay maze, corn maze, petting zoo, pedal tractors, hay pyramid and slide, farmerville, grand island railroad, inflated giant pumpkin, pumpkin cannon, train rides, fire engine rides, XDog Zombie Chase from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Great Pumpkin 5k 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 8, Firefighter Waterball Competition noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 15, Pumpkin Cannon Demolition Derby noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 22
What to eat and drink: Weekend food includes hot dogs, polish dog, chili dog, nachos, Frito boat, apple dippers, pulled pork sandwiches, cookies, popcorn, chips, kettle corn, caramel corn, pie and muffins. Weekend drinks include hot chocolate, hot cider, cold cider, coffee, soda
Cost: $3.50 per person for certain activities, free admission
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, you-pick only Mondays-Thursdays, activities available Fridays-Sundays, limited attractions Fridays
Where: 21425 Grand Island Loop, Dayton
For more information: 503-868-7512, heiserfarms.com
Things to do: Pumpkin patch, wagon tours, pony rides, face painting, hay pyramid, kiddy train, spooky forest trail loop, tarantula track, bamboo maze, giant slingshot, obstacle course, giant tire zone, exotic animal exhibit, petting zoo, teepee play area, pony hops, putt-putt golf, pumpkin fun house, rail roller
What to eat and drink: Hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, Mexican food, pulled pork, polish dogs, mini doughnuts, chips, kettle corn and more.
Cost: $14 for an all-inclusive pass, $10 for wagon tour only, $8 for adventure zone activities only.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 30 through Oct. 29
Where: 23985 NW Grossen Dr, Hillsboro
For more information: 503-647-2899, rolofffarms.com
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