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Fall fun for 2017 in the Denver area

Patches feature pumpkins, mazes, frights

It's fall in Colorado, and that means pumpkins, corn mazes, hayrides and zombies. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has compiled a list of the events planned. Go to www.colorado.gov and search “pumpkin patch” for the complete list.
Here are some of the area attractions:

Maize in the City

When: open every day from Sept. 29 through Oct. 31; hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; last maze ticket sold at 5 p.m.
Where: 10451 McKay Road, Thornton
Find your way through the 20-acre Crazed Corn Field Maze by answering personalized questions or picking from one of several categories in the smart phone trivia game. Highlights for younger visitors are the mini maze, a petting zoo, hay and pony rides, jumping castles, air slid, obstacle course and playground.
Visitors also may choose from hundreds of shapes and sizes of pumpkins, with 11 varieties to choose from. Create your own fall scene with hay bales and corn stalks.

Nick's Fall Festival

When: open Sept. 30 to Oct. 31; hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Nick's Garden Center and Farm Market, 2001 S. Chambers Road, Aurora
Contact: 303-696-6657; www.nicksgardencenter.com
Enjoy a straw maze, tractor ride through the tunnel of terror, train ride, jumping castles, pedal kart racetrack and more. Tokens needed for some activities; all-activity pass available. Concessions and cafe open on weekends. Nick's Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off is from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

Punkin' Chunkin'

When: Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 26000 E. Quincy Ave. (Arapahoe Park racetrack), Aurora
Watch for flying pumpkins as chunk teams traveling from out of state see who can hurl a gourd the farthest. The range is long enough to accommodate world record holders, and the air cannon teams have their sights set on the one-mile mark.
The festival also will feature family activities, a pumpkin patch, entertainers, a beer garden and food vendors both days, an open car show, and a Corvette Fall Blast Car Show, in partnership with the Central Colorado Corvette Club.
An evening concert by nationally touring country artist The Swon Brothers kicks off the festival at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6; gates open at 5 p.m. Concert tickets include admission to the festival for the entire weekend.

Pumpkin Patch of Centennial

When: Open daily from Oct. 7-31; hours are 10 a.m. to dusk.
Where: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 8545 E. Dry Creek Road, Centennial
Contact: 303-740-2688 or pumpkinpatchofcentennial@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/PumpkinPatchCentennial/
A variety of pumpkins and gourds are for sale, and photo opportunities are included. Proceeds from the patch help support projects that serve the homeless and hungry in the metro area. These include St. Francis Center, St. Clare‛s Supper Ministry, Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry, Family Tree House of Hope, and the HAAT project for the homeless in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.

Pumpkin Harvest Festival

When: open Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8; hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver
Contact: info@fourmilepark.org; www.fourmilepark.org
Old-time fall festival where guests can build a scarecrow, play pioneer games, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, enjoy historic demonstrations and take a tour of the Four Mile House Museum. Learn how families lived and prepared for the season during the late 1800s. Beer garden and local food vendors will be onsite. Guests also will get to select pumpkins from the patch. Admission is free; charges apply for refreshments, pumpkins and some activities.

CALF‛s Harvest Day Agricultural Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 30; hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Lowell Ranch, 2330 S. I-25 (East Frontage Road), Castle Rock
Contact: 303-688-0126 or calf@thecalf.org; www.thecalf.org
Highlights include a U-pick pumpkin and gourd patch, hayrides, carriage rides and agricultural exhibits. New this year are tours of the pumpkin patch.
Colorado Pumpkin Patch
When: open daily through Oct. 29; hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
Where: Sky Cliff Center, 4600 E. Highway 86, Castle Rock; back 20 acres of property
Contact: 719-799-6708 or coloradopumpkinpatch@gmail.com; www.coloradopumpkinpatch.net
Includes pre-picked pumpkin patch, hayrides, a petting zoo with a large variety of animals, pumpkins, straw bale pyramid, football training camp, a giant jumping pillow, an 80-foot slide, giant tube swings, outdoor games, rubber duck races, a kids maze, and a cornbox. School groups, corporate picnics, birthday parties, and families of all sizes welcome.

Flat Acres Farm Fall Festival

When: Open Wednesday to Sunday through Oct. 31; hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 11321 Dransfeldt Road, Parker
Contact: 303-805-1038; www.flatacresfarm.com
Bring the entire family to join in the fun of the corn maze, snake tunnel, corn kernel boxes, petting zoo, kids hay bale maze, giant swing set and many other activities. Before leaving be sure to stop by the pumpkin patch and pick that perfect carving pumpkin.
Reapers Hollow & Dead End Motel
When: open Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7-8. 13-15, 21-22, 28-29 and Oct. 31; hours are 7-10 p.m.
Where: Flat Acres Farm, 11321 Dransfeldt Road, Parker
Contact: 303-805-1038; www.reapershollow.com/
For the scare of your life, come enjoy the outdoor haunted corn maze. If daring enough this trail will take you through the corn and adventure through the woods. Will you dare to enter?

The Patch In Elizabeth

When: open Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29; hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekday field trips by reservation.
Where: 39980 Fox Trot Circle, Elizabeth
Contact: 720-446-6001 or info@thepatchinelizabeth.com; www.thepatchinelizabeth.com
Family-friendly pumpkin patch with hay rides, sack slide, straw mountain, petting zoo, corn crib, games and concessions.
Corn Maze; Pumpkin Festival
When: maze is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29; hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; festival is Friday, Oct. 13 to Sunday, Oct. 15; hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
Contact: 720-865-4338; www.botanicgardens.org
Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the mini-maze. Tickets to the maze also include one hayride, a barrel train ride (for children 12 and under) and unlimited jumping on a giant pillow. Pony rides and hamster balls are available for an additional fee. Vendors will sell favorite fall foods such as funnel cakes, hotdogs, freshly squeezed lemonade and kettle corn.
Tickets to the pumpkin festival include access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch and family and children's activities. Pumpkin prices vary by size; the average price is $8. It is recommended to bring a wagon to transport pumpkins. Free pumpkin daycare is available while you enjoy the rest of the festival. Discounted maze tickets available during festival.

After Dark Corn Maze; Dead Zone Scream Park

When: open Oct. 6-29; hours are 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 7-11 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29; and 7-11 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
The lights are out in the corn maze and visitors can find their way through with only the light of a glow stick. The after-dark maze is not haunted. Dead Zone Scream Park includes admission into the corn stalkers haunted maze, after dark maze and a haunted hayride. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Pumpkin Festival; Pumpkin Patch

When: Festival is Saturday, Sept. 30; hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; patch is open through October; from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Where: Jared‛s Nursery Gift & Garden Center, 10500 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton
Contact: 303-979-6022 or jaredsgc@jaredsgarden.com; www.jaredsgarden.com
Pumpkins available during October; cost is based on the weight of the pumpkin (usually $5-$20). Festival includes straw maze.


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