Celebrate pumpkin time at farms in central Texas

October is a great time to visit two farms in Central Texas known for cut-your-own Christmas trees. Evergreen Farm and Elgin Christmas Tree Farm are in the midst of October activities and pumpkin-based fun right now.

Pumpkin Hunt at Evergreen Farms

Petting zoo at Evergreen Farms

Family-friendly entertainment is the goal of Evergreen Farms, owned by Mike and Beth Walterscheidt. Located in Elgin, Texas it is open all weekends in October—Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. In addition to pumpkins available for purchase (come early, the selection is limited because of less-than-ideal weather conditions), a variety of fun activities are ongoing throughout the day. Take a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden among the trees. Kiddos find a pumpkin and bring it back to paint.

Admission is free as are the wagon ride and pumpkin decorating, toddler play area, and the petting zoo.  For $2.50 extra, kids can participate in pumpkin-themed activities: pumpkin launcher, maze, slide, train ride, golf, pond, spinner, and face painting. During the Pumpkin Hunt kiddos can ride the popular authentic pumper fire truck–and hear the horn blast—for a $5.00 fee. Find out more at www.evergreen-farms.com/pumpkin.php

Pumpkin Fun at Elgin Christmas Tree  Farm

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, owned by Twyla and Marc Nash, is celebrating October Fun every day of the month, and it’s hosting a special Pumpkin Festival on October 15-16. Times are Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 to 5:30 p.m.

hay jumping at Elgin Christmas Tree Farm

For $5.00 admission (kids ages 2-12) or $7 (adults and kids 13 and older), the whole family can spend the day enjoying live bluegrass music, chomping on delicious Elgin sausage and home-baked goods, and watching kids decorate pumpkins, compete in the duck races, or scamper about the playground. Mazes, mini-pumpkin painting, kiddie train ride (on weekends), scenic hayride, hay jumps, face
painting, and visiting farm animals are included with admission. For a modest cost, kids can participate in crafts, pony rides, shop in the barn store, or select a pumpkin to take home. Check www.elginchristmasfreefarm.com for complete details and directions.

Photos by Beverly Burmeier

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