Six Snohomish farms offer fall activities through Oct. 31
SNOHOMISH - It is that time of the year when the city of Snohomish becomes one of the area’s most popular destinations to celebrate fall during the Festival of Pumpkins.
For the 11th year, farms all over the valley work together to make Snohomish a destination for fall events for more than 200,000 visitors a year.
This year the festival started Saturday, Sept. 28 and continues through Halloween. Six farms will offer a U-pick pumpkin patch where families can stroll through row after row of pumpkins and select one right from where they grew.
“We love being the destination for such a lovely family tradition,” event organizer Debbie Carlson-Gould said. “(The Festival of Pumpkins) brings people in from all over to where they can appreciate all the rest of the charm that downtown Snohomish has to offer.”
Farming is important to Snohomish. Several of the farms have been in operation for multiple generations.
Bailey Vegetables and Pumpkin Patch at 12711 Springhetti Road has been around for five generations. The farm will feature 40 acres of U-pick produce, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a kid’s play barn, wagon rides and warm fall food.
Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Patch at 10917 Elliot Road is “where family memories grow.” The farm activities include free hayrides, a “cow train,” three corn mazes and a corn cannon. Bob’s is open daily, but features a special weekend bonfire on Friday and Saturday nights where people can drink hot cider and enjoy the autumn atmosphere.
Craven Farm boasts Snohomish’s original pumpkin patch and is located at 13817 Short School Road. You can find acres of pumpkins, a hayride, a corn maze and a pumpkin slinger. Craven will also feature a new Pumpkin Adventure where participants can see pumpkins come alive through 3D glasses in a non-scary attraction.
Stocker Farm at 8705 Marsh Road will be open daily for pumpkin picking, fall decoration and cider shopping, and expands over the weekends into a Pumpkin Park.
Kids of all ages can explore a corn maze, ride a hay wagon, catch trout and watch the pumpkin cannon in action. Stocker also features some spooky activities for brave souls who want to explore a haunted corn field and participate in a “Hunt for Zombies” paintball game. On Nov. 2, Stocker will be hosting a Pumpkin Destruction Day.
The Farm at Swan’s Trail at 7302 Rivershore Road is home to a giant 12-acre corn maze in the shape of Washington state. Visitors can choose from more than 30 varieties of pumpkins and gourds, and participate in wagon rides, a petting farm, fishing, a hay maze with a slide, a covered hay jump, as well as munch on snacks such as kettle corn and goodies from the farm bakery.
For the brave of heart, Carleton Farm in Lake Stevens at 630 Sunnyside Blvd. SE will be hosting a frighteningly fun attraction in the haunted swamps, the home of the swamp monster. Corn trails lead you through “The Haunted Swamp” attraction where different doors and paths lead you to different scary destinations. Choose wisely and you’ll be greeted by a little girl; poorly and you’ll meet Rotten Jack. You know you have survived if you made it to the jumping alligator bridge.
Also on Carleton Farm is a shorter adventure called the Zombie Farm. It’s a pitch-black attraction where you must keep quiet while the zombies react to sounds and “hunt” you. Both attractions are good, creepy fun.
There’s something for everyone at the farms in Snohomish. The festival continues through Oct. 31. Opening dates, hours and activities vary from farm to farm. Check out
www.festivalofpumpkins.org for tickets and information on each farm.
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