Pick Your Own Pumpkin

By: Lauren McKay
By: Lauren McKay

It started a few years ago with raising just a little sweet corn and a few pumpkins. Now the Lohr farm has over five acres of pumpkins and 20 different varieties. Corn mazes, hay tunnels, tumble tubes, and pumpkins; lots of pumpkins. The Lohr family says this is a great experience for the whole family. "It's exciting to bring people out to the farm, they get a chance to experience agriculture and farming and learn a little bit and have a good time," says Farmer Matt Lohr. The patches at the Lohr farm may be full of pumpkins now, but that's expected to change in the next few weeks as children and their families come from all over. "We bring about 3,000 kids, preschool and elementary school students come out thoughout the month of October. During the week from Page County, Augusta County, Shenandoah County, the City of Harrisonburg, all around, kids come and they have a great time, they get to pick their own pumpkin," says Lohr. The Lohr farm has been in the family for more than 100 years. Some of the newest generation of Lohr's enjoy the farm; especially the petting zoo. "Eighty-five percent of our business is families, Mom's and Dad's come with their little kids and they bring Halloween costumes along, we have photo opportunities set up so they can take pictures and it's fun just to watch all the kids have such a great time," says Lohr. The Lohr "Pick Your Own Pumpkin" is located off Exit 257 from I81. Then it's just South on Route 11. The pumpkin patch will be open Friday through Sunday through the first weekend in November.


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