(be sure to check out the slideshow of images at the end of this post)
The town of Arthur and it’s surrounding area is known as Amish Country in Illinois…..but in the fall, it’s known as Pumpkin Patch country. Every autumn for the past 23 years, the Condill family have opened their farm, and their hearts to thousands of children (of all ages). The Great Pumpkin Patch sits on the prairie just a couple miles south of the town of Arthur.
Open from September 15 through October 31 every year, the farm touts over 63 acres of over 300 types of pumpkins, squash and gourds to be enjoyed, visually as well as tasted. A myriad of baked goods are available in the onsite bakery and all of the pumpkins and their cousins, are available for sale for recipes or decorating. There’s a huge straw maze (and a mini maze for toddlers), an even larger maze cut into an adjoining corn field, plenty of displays for photo opportunities and some of the best fall color in Central Illinois.
Tucked into the center of the complex is an authentic One Room School House, complete with period furniture and decoration. For a small fee you can take a ride on the tractor driven tram through the pumpkin filled fields for an added treat! There’s also a display of farm animals at the patch, with llamas, ducks, geese and a robust pot-bellied pig.
Row after row of ‘little green wagons’ await visitors to assist in bringing your pumpkins to the checkout area, and just being in the midst of all the happy faces pulling their bright orange treasures around the property will warm anyone’s heart on a chilly fall day!