By Lauren Zaepfel
Families from all over Western New York are coming together to celebrate autumn at the Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm at 6920 Nash Road.
Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm owner Jim DeVantier said he's been growing his pumpkin farm tradition by adding more activities and offerings over the past 26 years.
"The first year I grew pumpkins," DeVantier said. "I just put a few out by the trees and people liked the farm setting. And then the next year we started a little hayride and the families just kept coming back. ... It just kept growing and growing thanks to all the families."
Current attractions include daytime hayrides, as well as haunted hayrides at night, pumpkin picking, play areas and a mini corn maize.
This year, a new fire-breathing T-Rex can be seen while riding on a haunted hayride. The dinosaur shoots 6-foot flames out of its mouth when visitors ride by.
"You just can't stay stale," DeVantier said. "So, we want to have additional stuff every year."
While visiting the farm Monday, Tammy Magiera of Wheatfield said, "I enjoy this farm because it's family owned and he (DeVantier) likes people to come and enjoy his land and he keeps it family oriented and small and it's not overly priced. ... So you get to come here with your family and not spend a fortune." She added, "I'm big on supporting local. I live in Niagara County, so I like to support people in my county."
For more information on the Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm, visit www.wheatfieldpumpkinfarm.com, call 716-693-6407 or find its new Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm Facebook page online at www.facebook.com/Wheatfield-Pumpkin-Farm-145828078789632.
Allie Eckstein and Robert Stahlman (as Spiderman) of North Tonawanda pick out some small gourds.