Our 8th annual Pumpkin Festival starts this coming Saturday, Sept. 15! We had a very long but productive weekend working on some of the last-minute things that need to be finished before we welcome visitors. I spent most of my time in the gift shop and as of a few minutes ago it is ready to go. I'm excited about our new merchandise including a cute selection of owl-themed fall decor, a line of scented mug mats and matching flour sack towels, handmade scarves, baby hats and girls' hair clips and accessories, and new flavors of the popular Nebraska-made HR Poppin' Snacks flavored popcorn -- Camo is fun, and the Kandy Korn is almost too pretty to eat.
Terry spent a lot of time with his power washer today, cleaning the corn crib, picnic tables, and hay racks. There's such a list of little things like that which we do so the farm looks tip-top for our visitors. Attention to detail is very important to us and we take pride in keeping everything neat, tidy and well-maintained. Terry is almost done with the new corn stalk teepee and hay climb with slide, and the rubber duck races are now set up, too.
Tomorrow we'll finish cleaning out the Pumpkin Barn to give us a place to put all the pumpkins, squash and gourds we'll be harvesting later in the week. In a couple days we'll head to Missouri for our beautiful mums, and then continue crossing every last item off the to-do list.
We hope to see you soon on the farm! Don't forget that opening weekend, Sept. 15-16, is our Early Bird weekend. The Early Bird gets the worm -- free gummy worms, that is -- plus will get first-dibs on this year's crop, 10% off gift shop purchases, and can enter a drawing for free tickets for a return trip. All attractions will be open, so be here and be the first to enjoy them!
We hope to see you soon at our Nebraska pumpkin farm!