Parsons Farms giving fall a last hurrah at Oct. 11 festival


Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The fall scene at Parsons Farm Produce. The farm will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will feature a petting zoo, straw maze, toddler maze, Punkin Chunkin machines and more.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The fall scene at Parsons Farm Produce. The farm will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will feature a petting zoo, straw maze, toddler maze, Punkin Chunkin machines and more.Harvest season is here, and Parsons Farms Produce is welcoming the community to its sixth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Everybody just comes and has a good time all day,” said owner Paul Parsons. “Bring a chair, sit back and watch the Punkin Chunkin machines.”

People might even get the opportunity to pull the trigger.

Now that the next official Punkin Chunkin event has been postponed to 2015, “If you want to see Punkin Chunkin, this is the only place,” Parsons emphasized.

The popular petting zoo puts people right next to their favorite farm animals, including pigs, goats, chicks and much more.

People can also get lost in a massive new straw maze, or challenge their little ones to try the toddler maze.

Kids of all ages should find something entertaining, from rubber duck races and pumpkin bowling to a huge inflatable obstacle course.

Kids and adults can compete for trophies in pie-eating contests and bobbing for apples.

“We just want people to come out and have a good time,” Parsons said. “I think everybody loves the contest we have with the kids. Anytime you’ve got 30 kids up there with their hands behind their backs, eating pie,” it’s a sight to see, he said.

Admission to the festival is free, and the farm stand will also be open for business. But some of the events have an admission fee. People can also buy unlimited-access wristbands, to keep things simple.

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) is returning to the event, with its annual Cow Pie Bingo fundraiser.

“You want to promote agriculture really the best you can to high school kids — maybe spark an interest in them … in agriculture.”

The festival also includes an antique tractor show, hayrides, pumpkin painting and carving, plus a build-your-own scarecrow craft.

Fresh-cooked barbecue will be on the menu, including pulled pork and hotdogs.

This is also the market’s last hurrah, as the farm stand closes after Oct. 31, briefly reopening after Thanksgiving to sell Christmas trees. It will return in 2015, with early greenhouse strawberries.

In case of rain, check the Parsons Farms Produce page, as the event could be postponed to the following Saturday.

Parsons Farms Produce is located in Dagsboro on Route 20 (Armory Road). Call (302) 732-3336 for more information.