Update: The date for the performance by Brian and Teri Kinder has been changed to Oct. 15.
GREENBRIER—This will be the seventeenth year Johnston Pumpkin Farm has opened its fields to fun, games, and lots of pumpkins for the choosing. You can pull a little red wagon around the pumpkin patch starting September 24 until October 31 to select pumpkins of every size and use. Although most of their pumpkins this year are home grown, they have had some help from local, individual farms. Wanda and Cary Johnston say, “There will be plenty for every kind of use in spite of drastic heat this year.”
New fun this year begins with a Scarecrow Contest. Entrants must create and design a scarecrow that will be able to withstand the outdoor elements. NO scary or haunted scarecrows are allowed. Fence posts will be available to help hang your scarecrow starting Saturday, October 1, and judging will take place that day at 4:00 p.m. by a panel of judges. Prizes will be $150.00, first place; $100.00, second place; $50.00, third place; and $25 JPF gift certificate, fourth place. JPF will not be responsible for the condition of your entry. They will be judged on creativity and originality and remain on display until October 31.
Their Festival Week-end is the October 8-9. The annual pumpkin pie contest will be held October 8 at 2:00 p.m. A panel of four judges will taste and judge each pie. Pies and will be judged on taste, texture, crust, and presentation. Just bring your home-made pumpkin pie to the farm by 1:45 p.m., fill out a short entry form, and watch the judges sample the pies. First place prize is $100; second place is $50.00; third place prize is $25.00. This is always a popular event and, in years past, has brought as many as twenty pies.
MooMoo’s yogurt and Maria’s Country Faire will be there this year. Radio station Y107 will broadcast from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8.
On Oct. 15, Brian and Teri Kinder, well-known children’s musicians, will be on hand to perform 3-4 p.m.
School kids arrive by the bus-loads on week-days to run across the field to choose their pumpkins during the whole month of October. In addition to many photo opportunities with Snow White and the seven dwarfs, the Wizard of Oz, Charlie Brown statues, and home-made scarecrows, there are hay rides for $3.00 per person and a spider web rope maize for $3.00 per person. Kids age two and under are free. Baby animals on view include piglets, calves, bunnies, chicks, turkeys, and goats. There is also a country store with crafts, jams/jellies, Arkansas honey, and pumpkin accessories for sale. Parking and admission are free.
Pumpkins run 45 to 55 cents per pound; $2.75 to $3.00 each for pie pumpkins, and 75 cents each for mini pumpkins. They are open September 24 through October 31 from 9a.m. to 7p.m. week-days and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Travel two miles East of Highway 65 on Arkavalley Road to Johnston’s Pumpkin Farm on Rocky Road. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day. For questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-679-5078.