Happy Fall, y'all! That's right. Fall officially arrives on Friday, Sept. 22.
What better to celebrate the season of crisp cool weather, Friday night lights and the changing colors of the leaves on the trees than talking about our annual fall festival called Pumpkin Blowout? No better way, we think. Pumpkin Blowout will run at each of our locations across the state from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. Bring the kiddos for fun activities set up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pumpkin Blowout will still go on, rain or shine! While this annual event is happening at each of our stores in Wisconsin, we've got some details about really fun games and activities planned at a number of specific locations, including:
Darboy: Bounce House, Face Painting, Humane Society with animals, Brat Barn
De Pere: Face Painting, New Zoo Petting Zoo, Kingdom Animalia, Fire & Police Department
Eau Claire: Balloon Animals and Face Painting
Fond du Lac: Polka band, Police & Fire Department
Fort Atkinson: Petting Zoo, Pumpkin Bowling, Bag Toss, Bounce House
Green Bay-East: Police & Fire Department, Happily Ever After Petting Zoo
Green Bay-West: Hobart Fire Department, Breast Cancer Pink Boot Drive, the Brat Barn will be open and we'll have farm animals for the kids to check out and plenty of games for them!
Holmen: The Festival Big Cart, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Pumpkin Painting, Caramel Apple Bars, Hot Apple Cider
Janesville: Brat Barn, Cub Scouts, Fire Department, Petting Zoo, Bounce House, Fresh Taffy Apples, Fresh Cookies and Donuts, Fresh Local Hot Apple Cider
Kenosha: Bag Toss, Bounce House, Kenosha Kingfish, Pumpkin Painting
Manitowoc: Dunk Tank, Lakeshore Humane Society, Fire Department, Balloon Animals, Caramel Apple Bars
Menasha: Big Cart Rides, Face Painting, K9 Unit, Sawyer Effertz Race Car
Neenah: Petting Zoo, Inflatables, Police/Fire Departments, Mascots, Games. An appearance by Andy Monday, the super late model champion for the Fox River Racing Club at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna. He'll be at the event with his race car and trophy to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures, beginning at 9 a.m. Please note: If it rains, Andy Monday unfortunately cannot bring his car, but we are planning on still having him and his trophy in the store where he will be signing autographs and available for pictures.
Onalaska: Face Painting, Coulee Humane Society Pet Therapy Animals, 3 in 1 Inflatable, Children's Games (Straw Pile, Pumpkin Bowling, and Football), Free Apple Cider, DJ and Music
Sheboygan: Weinermobile, Local Race Car Driver, Local Law Enforcement, Fire Department, Casady’s Critters
Somers: Fire Department with their smoke house, Pony Acres Petting Zoo, Bounce House
Suamico: Festy Go Cart, Face Painting, Suamico Fire Department, Breast Cancer Pink Boot Drive, NEW Zoo, Stock Car
And of course this event also features locally grown pumpkins, adorable mini pumpkins and oddly shaped gourds as well as straw bales and corn stalks. While you're there, don't forget to stop in for some amazing produce delivered daily by our neighbor growers.
We work throughout the year to develop relationships with farmers across the state to bring you picture-perfect produce at the peak of freshness. We've been working for years with farmers who are experts at growing everything from green beans to cabbage to peppers and we have partnerships with those developing new ways to grow food.
This time of year gives us a great opportunity to showcase our relationships with growers in regions across Wisconsin, including Schroeder Produce in Cambridge. The fourth-generation farm supplies produce, including pumpkins, for our stores in Madison, Baraboo, Portage, Janesville and Fort Atkinson.
While October starts with Pumpkin Blowout, we've got more fall fun coming later in the month with our famous Boofest, which will be at each of our stores on Saturday, Oct. 28.
This super fun event, which offers costumed kids the opportunity to trick-or-treat at stations around the store, is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28. We'll again feature associates also dressed up for the festivity and food-free tables set up for kids with allergies. And that's just October! Don't forget about our annual Turkey Trot event in November! This year is the 10th anniversary of this family friendly offering in a growing number of cities. The 2017 version will be in 10 locations across the state.