NEW ULM - A big assortment of orange and green pumpkins, a pumpkin rolling contest, petting zoo, squash, gourds, live polka music, a food stand and a country store are among the attractions of Pumpkinfest on Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Ron and Karen Domeier farm west of New Ulm on County Road 27.
"I've got about 1,500 pumpkins and more on the way, including some really big pumpkins coming from a friend in Jordan," Ron Domeier said.
The event provides matching grant funds from the Catholic Aid Association to the New Ulm Area Catholic Schools (NUACS) classroom technology department.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Pumpkinfest organizer Ron Domeier of rural New Ulm sits by some of his larger orange and green pumpkins.
Angie's Kettle Corn and the same type of donuts sold at Bavarian Blast are new additions to the event.
Domeier raised sheep on his farm until about 10 years ago.
He decided to plant pumpkins, which he said grow without maintenance, even in light soil.
The pumpkin patch proved so popular that NUACS students and teachers started planting pumpkin seeds for Pumpkinfest.
Because the Cathedral High School football team is playing a game next Saturday, the Haunted Corn Maze will be held from 7-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9 at the Domeier farm. Maze-goers are reminded to bring a flashlight. Pizza and popcorn will be available.
(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org).