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West Nipissing Remembers
by Brad Aubin
Fall is a favourite season for many folks in West Nipissing, and there is one place they flock to in order to take full advantage of the changing colours, cooler weather, and of course, pumpkins.
That place is Leisure Farms.
October rivals the summer months as the farm’s busiest time, as thousands from near and far come out to the fields, the bake shop, the pumpkin pile and the haunted maze to enjoy a fun day with the family.
Owner Mitch Deschatelets adds that mild weather has been helping, particularly the last weekend with its sunny, warm temperatures. Indeed, over 6,000 people were on site on Saturday!
“When the weather is this nice, we’re busy,” he beams. “The farm is open for business every day during the week, and the pumpkin patch activities start at 11 am all weekend. People from all over come to visit and spend the day with us. We offer a ton of different activities for the kids and they really enjoy it. From a corn maze, to pumpkin decorating, to shooting a pumpkin out of a cannon and wagon rides, we have all sorts of stuff to keep everyone busy!”
On top of the activities, trails are also open to the public to enjoy a walk, and a wide array of monkey bars, a giant jumping pillow, and other structures are there year round for everyone to enjoy.
This weekend will be the last for seasonal Fall activities.
“In the fall, we open up from the last weekend of September to the last weekend of October. So during the week, we have schools coming just about every day, and during the weekend, thousands come from around our area to enjoy what we offer,” says Deschatelets.
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