Nothing says fall more than harvest time on the farm! Andelin Family Farm is having its annual Harvest Festival every Wednesday through Saturday now until Oct. 31.
Pumpkin patch admission is $8 Wednesday through Friday and $9 on Saturday. Kids 2 and under are free. It includes access to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, hayrides, barrel train rides, and visiting with friendly farm animals. Kids can also make their way through a straw bale maze, run on a hamster wheel, and try their hand at lassoing. Pumpkins are not included in the cost of admission, but rather are priced by variety and weight.
There are plenty of other fun barnyard activities, too. Pony and horse rides are offered at $5 per ride. Participants are led around the corral by friendly farmhands. The gem mining sluice lets budding miners sift through sand on a hunt for gems. Sand bags are priced from $5 to $25 depending on the size and type of gem and fossil contents. On Saturdays, take your best shot with the corn cannon, which shoots full corn cobs — three shots for a dollar. Pick-your-own sunflowers began Sept. 26 and available only while supplies last.
Guests can navigate through a 5-acre corn maze from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for $7 per person, $5 with the purchase of pumpkin patch admission. Corn maze tickets are good for the entirety of the date of purchase.
Those seeking more of an adrenaline rush can engage in head-to-head combat with zombies on Thursday through Saturday nights. A short bus ride (with COVID-19 health and safety measures in place) transports participants to the back-field area where “zombies” were reported to be seen. Admission is $20 per person and includes 100 paintballs with free refill of paintballs at the halfway point. Battle hours are from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday nights. Ages 4 to 10 must be accompanied by an adult and all riders must purchase a ticket. For safety, no infants or nonparticipants are allowed.
And of course, treats are plentiful on the farm throughout the month of October. Find goodies like jams and jellies, sugar and spice baked goods, and other food and craft vendors.
INFO: (775) 530-8032, 8100 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV 89436; andelinfamilyfarm.com