By Sam Elliott
A Noblesville tradition for more than four decades, the annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival will return for its 43rd year at Stoneycreek Farm from Sept. 26 through October.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the only admission fee into the Harvest Festival is a $5 charge for parking Tuesdays through Sundays. There is no parking fee on Mondays.
A collection of fall activities await families attending the Pumpkin Harvest Festival, with a staple of the season still the event’s most popular choice.
“Hayrides out into the pumpkin fields for people to pick their own pumpkins is still our most popular thing,” Stoneycreek Farm owner Loren Schmierer said.
“We have a new rope maze this year, which we didn’t have before,” Schmierer added. “And we’re going to continue to have the big cave slide, climbing wall and zip line.”
The event’s 400-foot zip line is back as one of the main attractions. Open to anyone 10 and older weighing between 90 and 250 pounds for $15, the ride gives zippers an aerial view of Stoneycreek as they descend after climbing a 50-foot suspension bridge to a 30-feet-high tower in the Christmas tree field.
“It’s really unique,” Schmierer said. “You climb up onto a tower and across a swinging bridge to a tower where you zip line about 400 feet across the parking lot and pond to another tower. Then you get down by taking a circular slide down. It’s kind of unique and you get a view of the pumpkin fields, wagons and all the crowds from up there.”
Stoneycreek Farm is at 11366 State Road 38 East, Noblesville.