Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

October 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Yesterday we all went down to Hunsader Farms in Bradenton for the annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival.

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It was around 90 degrees yesterday and thus felt like the typical Florida pumpkin festival. Hot. We went to Hunsader’s a couple of years ago and I remember it being hot then as well.

Upon arriving at Hunsader’s Farm, you are directed to park in a pasture about a half a mile from the actual festival. There is an ocean of cars.

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Then you walk, trying to avoid cow patties and ant hills.

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Lots of things at the festival cost extra money, but kids 12 and under get in free.

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They have a free circus which we went to last time, but this time we skipped it.

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We first headed to the corn maze ($2 each).

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Then we walked and walked.

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The corn was not too high so you could see people everywhere throughout the field walking around, looking down, shuffling like zombies.

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In case we got lost in the knee-high corn, they had some people out there to watch over us zombies.

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When we were going over the foot bridge we noticed a crowd gathering at the monster truck exhibit.

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We realized we would have a great vantage point from inside the corn maze, so we headed that way.

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We also got to see the pumpkin canon discharged from the corn maze.

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We did get stuck at dead ends several times in the maze, but finally managed to make our way out. It took a while. It was exercise.

They had a crate maze (free)…

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and a hay bale maze for the littles (also free).

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We ran the fried food gauntlet.

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We passed the butterfliers.

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They had live music at several venues on the farm.

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Then we hit the vendor area. They had pretty much everything you’ve ever seen sold at any festival anywhere. Some things I liked:

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My Fascinating Life Caroline Calcote-63(I bought some pickled okra and some dill pickles. I should have bought three jars of the okra. It’s amazing. I bought stuff from this lady last time too.)

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All the boys got snow cones.

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I got candy corn glass earrings.

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The boys got in line for this:

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Chad and I stood in the shade while they bungeed.

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They did have pretty good prices on produce (but not all of it was actually local…much of it was, though).

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I bought a bunch of beets and a spaghetti squash for around $4 total.

Then the boys did this ($5 each):

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It was a good day.

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Cya.