Little Reviews: Didier Farms Pumpkinfest


Didier Farms, annual Pumpkinfest is a fall tradition you don’t want to miss. Although, Pumpkinfest seems a tame moniker for the actual festival, which in my mind would be better known as “Pumpkin-palooza.”

didier farms pumpkin fest

If you’re looking for a quaint, rural, U-Pick farm experience than Didier Farms is not for you. Picking your own pumpkins (call ahead for availability) is just the tip of the iceberg at Didier Farms. Yes, there is a farm, but the atmosphere is more like a carnival than your average family farm so come prepared. It will be an exhilarating day to say the least.

The sheer number of attractions and activities is dizzying. All activities are available on the weekends weather permitting, and a limited number are available during the week. Rest assured that even a weekday visit will offer LOTS of entertainment for your family.

Your typical fall festival attractions include hayrides, corn maze, and a petting zoo while some of their more unusual attractions include an exotic bird exhibit, camel rides, and a white tiger exhibit. The complete list includes (are you ready for this?) a tractor hayride, straw maze, pony rides, crafts, mechanical rides, giant slide, train ride, and inflatable jump. For no fee you can enjoy Teepees, pig silo with baby piglets, view the farm animals and visit the Education Barn with live baby chicks. The Farmstand Market and concessions will also be open where you can purchase the ubiquitous apple cider donuts or hot apple cider.

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The nice thing is that all the carnival rides are kiddie-sized so your pre-schooler or adventurous toddler can participate. We really liked the train which wound through an actual corn field. Boredom is simply not an option here, but overstimulation is a definite possibility. When we attended with our two-year old last year, the exotic and wild animals were a definite surprise and our son was enraptured.

Didier Farms
16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Prairie View-Lincolnshire, IL
(847) 634-3291 | Facebook

Pumpkinfest usually runs the last week of September – through Halloween, see website for this years dates, hours and admission fees.
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When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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