on Thursday, September 22, 2016
Our visit to Heartland Farms made me excited for a return visit with my kids. Each fall, hundreds and hundreds of pumpkins are harvested and are used to decorate the grounds. Families will visit over the next several weekends and have opportunity to enjoy the celebration. While I’ve visited before, this visit gave me a new perspective on Heartland Farms.
1. The Punkinator. Owner, Dave Myers, built the Punkinator himself, after sketching it on a napkin with a buddy. This thing is unbelievable! There are cars that have been destroyed by pumpkins being fired at them from a metal cannon. Pumpkins can travel more than a quarter mile, and Dave has shot them more than 700 feet in the air. It is a blast (pun intended) to see the Punkinator in use.
2. Haunted House. We found out that the haunted house is Hollywood scary. There isn’t anything that reaches out and grabs you. There’s a startle, but it isn’t something that kids can’t walk through with an adult. Dave and his team have built the haunted house from scratch and take pride in the craftsmanship and showmanship.
3. Hay Rides. There’s a great opportunity to be pulled through the pumpkin patches and around the farm, taking in fall colors, and checking out the sights and sounds. You get a really fun perspective of the attractions and all of the activity as you look back to the south and east.
4. Jumping Pillow & Bouncy Houses. The jumping pillow and bouncy houses are a great activity for kids of all ages. On a cooler fall day, you don’t have to worry about burning your feet or getting too sweaty, and you have the opportunity to go back and forth to jump as you spend time with other activities too.
5. Animals. There are farm animals for kids to interact with, and it is great fun to see youngsters checking out the chickens, pigs, sheep and other animals who make Heartland Farms their home throughout the year.
You have opportunity to spend as much time as you want with all of these activities. In addition, with pumpkins as far as the eye can see, you’ll get into the fall and Halloween spirit. You can take a pumpkin home with you too.
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- Aaron Buzza, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau