Pie eating contests, an apple slingshot, and pumpkin races will be some of the many things to enjoy and participate in during the 11th Annual Small’s Fruit Farm Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the fruit farm located at 1844 194th St. near Mondamin. Other things to do while visiting this agricultural destination north of Missouri Valley include pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, and balloon artists. All will make for an enjoyable fall day for kids and grown-ups alike.

Delicious food, live music by Chris Saab, and shopping options from a variety of vendors selling their wares, such as cutting boards, totes and bags, cosmetics, kettle corn and other food items, will add to your family’s fall outdoor adventure.

Small’s Fruit Farm’s Fall Festival would not be complete without a visit to the pumpkin patch to pick out that perfect pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o-lantern, or stopping by the Halloween Cemetery decorated with ghouls, or a ride on the hayrack… and let’s not forget sampling the apple cider or buying a bag of apples from the Small orchards.

Renee Small shared that the fruit farm has a nice crop of apples and pumpkins for the season, and despite the rain, which made picking apples a bit difficult, there will still be plenty available for people to pick their own if they so desire.

“We have lots of pumpkins this year,” said Small’s Fruit Farm co-owner Renee Small, “and, of course, we will be running the shuttle again, weather permitting, from the field parking area to farm here, and there is no entry fee.”

The Fall Festival will also include a raffle with prizes of an official-sized beanbag toss game, a two-night stay at Willow Lake in a cabin for six donated by Small’s Fruit Farm, a grill donated by Miller Seeds, and a grill set donated by Harrison County Development Corporation. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Mondamin Rescue and Fire Department.

“I hope a lot of families come out and have a good time,” said Small. “Basically, it is our customer appreciation day. That is kind of why we started it about 10 to 11 years ago. It doesn’t cost the families a lot to come and ride the ponies and have a fun day. Jim and I try to get out there and spend some quality time with our customers.”

Renee shared that they were looking forward to this year’s crowd.

“Last year we had around 2,500 visitors,” said Renee. “We would like to remind everyone that a shuttle will be available from the field parking lot up to their farm for convenience for our guests, and it will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bug spray will be available for purchase at the shop.”

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