Did you ever have the urge to sail a pumpkin as far as you can and watch it smash to bits? Well, Bonnybrook Farms in Clarksville, Ohio will give you the chance to fulfill that fantasy and also enjoy a multitude of other family-fun activities at their annual Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30. It is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from Cleveland to Clarksville.
Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival For $3 you can get your hands on one of Bonnybrook Farm’s giant slingshots where you can chuck pumpkins for great distances to your heart’s content and watch them explode as they hit the ground.
Free activities at Bonnybrook Farms include a petting zoo, Horseshoe Hill with a tunnel and a 80 foot underground slide, a pumpkin coloring contest, the Farmyard Play Area with swings, playhouses, a sandbox and a train locomotive. You can also guess the weight of a giant pumpkin.
Other Farm activities are the Adventure Hayride, the Crazed Corn Maze, Clodhopper Golf and Pony Rides. Cost of the hayrides is $8 (children 3 and under are free). Cost of the corn maze is $6 (children 3 and under are free). Cost of Clodhopper Golf is $3 and the hand-led pony rides are $4 or two rides for $6. (Riders must be at least 36 inches tall).
The best value is the Buy The Farm Package where for $17 you get the Adventure Hayride, the Crazed Corn Maze, Clodhopper Golf and the Giant Slingshot.
Be sure to also check out the “Pick Your Own Pumpkin” Patch.”
New this year are the Lantern Light Wagon Rides being held on Saturday night (October 29) that give visitors a chance to ride down an abandoned country road by lantern light while hearing the tales and adventures of historical characters and ghosts (!) that you will meet along your journey. You will travel the tracks of the “Old Sheepskin” railroad line, along Todd’s Creek and past ruins of buildings from by-gone days. After the wagon ride, passengers will gather around a campfire.
The Lantern Light Wagon Rides will take place from dusk until 10:30 p.m. on Saturday evening. Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children 4-5 and children 3 and younger are free.
Visitors can also enjoy the Farm Kitchen Cafe where you can purchase culinary delights like pulled pork, pulled chicken, farm fresh sides, homemade caramel apples, kettle corn and fresh baked goods.
Hours for Bonnybrook Farm’s Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival are noon – 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday with extended hours (dusk – 10:30 p.m. on Saturday) for the Lantern Light Wagon Rides. Admission is free but there are fees for the various activities. Parking is free.
Bonnybrook Farms is located at 3779 State Route 132 in Clarksville, Ohio. 937-289-2500. Clarksville is 214 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 3.5 hour drive.