Harvest lots of SimplyGrand fun

Autumn is here but no need to fear…you’re sure to fall in love with all the SimplyGrand seasonal happenings in our Forks! We have plenty of ways to get pumpkin’d up and experience one a-maze-ing time for kids and adults who are kids at heart.

Located just west of Grand Forks, Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch is a mere 20-mile drive to one great time. Some of their awesome offerings include a preschool straw maze, 11-acre corn maze, hayrides, farm animal petting zoo, Jack O’Lantern bounce house, games, concessions and much more. If you’re feeling brave, the Gruesome Canary Haunted House is wicked good! Nelson’s is open through October 27, from 3 to 6 PM during the week and 11 AM to 6 PM on weekends. Entry is $8 per person, with children 3 and under free. Their address is 2448 20th Avenue NE, Emerado, ND. Take the Grand Forks Air Force Base exit off Highway 2, then go 1½ miles north + a ¼ mile east and look for the BIG PUMPKIN. More information may be found at www.nelsonspumpkinpatch.com.

Bring the whole family out for a day of fun ‘n games at Valley Corn Maize! In addition to the 15-Acre Corn Maze and Kids Straw Maze, other attractions are a new Hoops & Holler pumpkin-ball game, corn box, giant slide, air blasters, life-size Connect Four and Jenga, even a grain wagon train to ride on. They also sell tasty eats and drinks like homemade sloppy joes and hot dogs. Valley is open through October 20, every Friday-Sunday (4 to 7 PM/10 AM to 7 PM/1 to 6 PM). Some of the special events held throughout the season are Grandparent’s Day (September 28), Canines in the Corn (October 4-5), Hometown Heroes Weekend (October 11-13) and Flashlight Dash Night (October 20). Admission is $7.95 per person and free for kids under 36”. Valley Corn Maize is located approximately 5.5 miles east of East Grand Forks, just off the Hwy 2 curve (42969 160th Street SW). Click on www.valleycornmaize.com for further info.

Situated on the south end of East Grand Forks, Patch on the Point at Paradise Stables is our community’s newest fall family fun attraction. Along with offering free horse-drawn wagon rides and $5 pony rides, this sweet spot now features one of the area’s largest pumpkin patches. Spend a day exploring all their cool to-dos: a petting zoo, adventure trail, lawn games, 100-foot super slide, tricycle track and plenty of pumpkins to pick. Special Saturday events currently scheduled include Dog Agility Demonstrations (October 5), Mutton Bustin’ (October 12), magician John Horpedahl (October 19) and Try Archery (October 26). Patch on the Point is open through October 27, 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Thursdays & Fridays and 11 AM to 7 PM on Saturdays & Sundays. The entrance fee is $3/person during the week and $5/person on weekends, with little ones under 2 years of age admitted free. Make sure to bring along a few extra bucks, so everyone can enjoy some of the yummy food truck fare. Patch on the Point is located at 20753440th Avenue SW. More information may be found at www.pointparadisestables.com.

For additional details about these and all our uniquely grand attractions – along with the 411 on events, shopping, dining and lodging – go to www.visitgrandforks.com. Make sure to also follow Visit Grand Forks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.