BRUNSWICK — The official start of fall is still about three weeks away, but Mapleside Farms is kicking off its fall festivities early: Pumpkin Village opens today.
“Traditionally, we kicked off the Pumpkin Village with our Johnny Appleseed Festival, but that’s in two weeks and we wanted to do something a little earlier,” owner Greg Clement said.
With the Pumpkin Village kickoff this weekend and next weekend’s history festival, two weeks have been added to the farm’s fall lineup.
“We always have such a big crowd that first weekend, we wanted to extend our season,” he said.
All the adventures for kids, including the jump park, corn maze, pumpkin patch and super slide, open today. Other attractions include hay rides and cow and pig trains.
Clement pioneered a tractor-led cow train last year and it was so popular he had to add a pig train to the lineup.
“It was something there was always a long line for, so now we have the pig train, too,” Clement said.
Pumpkin Village is open 3 to 10 p.m. today. On Saturday, the farm is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tonight and Saturday night, guests can bring flashlights to travel the corn maze at or participate in zombie paintball.
Clement said zombie paintball is a haunted hayride where guests wield paintball guns and shoot at zombies along the ride.
“We put a lot of time and money towards improving the zombie paintball based on last year’s success,” Clement said. “We’ve added more zombies and more zones, and you’re the shooter; no one is shooting at you.”
Clement said Mapleside also has food and drinks in addition to family fun.
“This weekend is a good time with the holiday. People have some time off to come enjoy themselves,” Clement said.
For more information about zombie paintball, Pumpkin Village or about the upcoming fall festival weekends at Mapleside Farms, visit www.mapleside.com.
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