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10/4/2013 6:02:00 AM
2 pumpkin festivals will kick off Yavapai County harvest season this weekend
Courtesy photoMortimer Family Farms honors the Granite Mountain Hotshots with its corn maze.
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Mortimer Family Farms honors the Granite Mountain Hotshots with its corn maze.
Joanna Dodder Nellans
The Daily Courier

Yavapai County's two major pumpkin festivals kick off this weekend with a cornucopia of activities for young and old.

Mortimer Farms in Dewey-Humboldt and Freeman Farms in Chino Valley both put on pumpkin festivals that run every weekend in October.

Freeman Farms' festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday plus Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 14. Mortimer Farms' festival hours are 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10-10 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday.

One of the most unusual activities at the festivals this year will be the 15-acre cornfield maze at Mortimer Farms designed to honor the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots from Prescott, who perished fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire June 30.

"We saw how the community really came together and we wanted that to continue through October," Sharla Mortimer said.

Mortimer Farms kicks off its festival with fireworks at 8 p.m. tonight, and admission is free today for firefighters and their families. Fireworks also take place on the Saturdays of Oct. 12, 19 and 26.

Other Mortimer Farms pumpkin fest activities include a 25-acre pumpkin patch, hay rides, haunted house in an old farmhouse, antique tractor show and pull, food and craft vendors, and live entertainment. The farm store also will be open.

Games and rides include a Ferris wheel, zip line, bubble run, corn bath, laser tag and climbing wall.

The farm dance every Saturday night features live country and western bands.

The $12 admission fee (free for those younger than 3) includes all the rides and events except animal rides.

The farm is located at the corner of highways 69 and 169. Go online to mortimerfamilyfarms.com for more detailed information or call 830-1116.

Freeman Farms' country fair style pumpkin festival features a petting zoo, corn maze, hay ride, horse and dog shows, food and vendors, face painting, live entertainment, and of course the pumpkin patch. Rides include a merry-go-round and kid's train.

The farm has teamed up with the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation to grow pink pumpkins in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of the sales of the pink pumpkins will be donated to the fight against breast cancer.

Wristbands cost $15 for adults and $10 for children (free for kids younger than 2) and grant admission to all the events and rides.

The farm is located at 1096 E. Road 3 South in Chino Valley. For discounted tickets and more information, go online to azpumpkins.com or call 636-5714.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Article comment by: not going anymore...

Approx. 165.00 bucks for 11 of us to get in the door at Freeman Farms. we were told on our coupon they have "added so much more" so we decided to go to Freeman Farms!!! The adults 15.00 basically went towards a hay ride. It was hot, no shade anywhere to be found. My girlfriend is 9 months pregnant so she went to sit down away from everything where there was shade with hay bales and she got the boot. She was so far out of the way, it was the stupidest thing I have ever seen!! Never returning again. Enjoy your money from our group alone! Thank God we were smart enough to buy our pumpkins for all the kids for only 2.99 each :)

Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013
Article comment by: Not Surprised

@ Jon Q It takes talent to weave a criticism of Obamacare into comments about pumpkin patches.

Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013
Article comment by: @too expensive & Humboldt resident

You guys were right, i was wrong, it is 12 bucks per person just to walk in the gate, i thought it was just to cover for the kids rides.They have never done this before (the mortimers anyway) and is Waaaaaay ridiculous!!! Plus all of the vendors prices are so steep i just walk right on past as they sit there with no customers lol, there is one vendor priced reasonably but thats it!! but really 12 bucks just to get in and do nothing else, but then if u do go get pumpkins it starts to get in to the silly money spent!.. Suggestion to Mortimers also, you should have a firepit/bonfire, or at least those propane patio warmers as it was nippy watching the band, and its going to get even colder as the month moves on. Btw the females in the fire dancing routine are sooooo HOT no pun intended!!
If i wanted to go friday saturday and sunday i would have to pay 12 bucks each night i walk in the gate, also very ridiculous!!!!


Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013
Article comment by: @ Fleeced Patron

Fleeced Patrol, you are giving out bad information. Off Duty officers from Chino PD work for and are paid for by Freeman Farms and work in conjunction with the organizer throughout the day to direct a huge amount of vehicles into the correct parking lots as each of the the lots fill up. This keeps the parking for the event as well as the public roads around the event flowing very smoothly and safe. If you don't want to go then don't go or better yet, stay home and grow your own. Freeman Farms is a great experience, brings positive attention and great advertisement to our area.

Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013
Article comment by: Truth Teller

Freeman Farms does not charge for parking.
For my $5.00 I got to do a lot more than just walk around the patch.
Chino PD actually helps will call patrons get to the correct parking lot and keeps the traffic slowed down for all the kids. Not sure why Fleeced Patron is misleading people....


Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Article comment by: Humboldt resident

Actually if you want to just walk around at Mortimer's you DO have to pay 12 per person. I think this is absolutely ridiculous! WAY to expensive 1. For what they have to offer 2. For a family on a budget.

Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2013
Article comment by: Fleeced Patron

So at freeman's the cost just to go in the patch is 5 bucks per person and the pumpkins are 70 cents per lb. This is ridiculous but on top of that, you get shaken down by the CV PD to pay to park out on the main road.

Posted: Saturday, October 05, 2013
Article comment by: jon q

@ donnie you wont be see'n me i have 3 kids. thats 36 bucks for the kids plus 3 over priced pumpkin's and something to eat.drink.i have to start paying out for this d=m obama care.did someone think this would be free??? x-mas baa hum bug.

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: laurie boaz

But this IS the coolest corn maze I've ever seen. Nice job.


Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: @ too expensive

12 bucks for the kids to do all activities all day isnt bad. actually you dont have to pay to get in at all, your just paying for the rides but to go there and walk around and look at everything is free...and usually the hay rides around the entire farm are free too...gratis.... geez put something into the local economy would ya..

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: Too Expensive

Way too expensive for this family. Is there any where else offering cheap family fun for October? I can see 4-5.00 a person, but that is riduculous to charge for an admission price. So once again lower income families or families watching their budget will be left out.

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013
Article comment by: donnie baker

See ya'll at Youngs Farm!! :)



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