Autumn arrived this past weekend in Cecil County MD (although not officially) with a chill in the air almost as if on cue for the start of Milburn Orchards’ Fall Festival Weekends. Every Saturday and Sunday through the end of October, Milburn Orchards will host a different themed event. This seven weekend affair coincides with all things associated with autumn; pumpkins, hayrides, apples, the changing of the leaves to their seasonal hues of orange, crimson and gold, and let’s not forget trick or treating.
The festivities kicked off with Grandparents’ Weekend but make no mistake there was fun for kids of all ages. As always, the Barnyard was open for petting and feeding all your farm favorites; goats, roosters, ducks and more.Milburn Orchard's in Cecil County MD offers fun for all during their Fall Festival Weekends. #MilburnOrchards #cecilcountymd Click To Tweet
Fall weekends have a bit of a country carnival atmosphere. There are food concessions in addition to their usual cider donuts and Kilby’s ice cream served on the deck. As you wander the grounds stop by the Super Sling, a giant slingshot-like contraption where kids (and grown-ups) can take aim and rocket an apple through the air at strategically placed targets. Let the kids navigate the Bale Trail (a hay bale maze).
If the kids are up for a bit of a scare stop in at the Boo Barn, a kid appropriate haunted barn where the kids can pull ropes and levers to trigger a frightful surprise. Kids can have their face painted or their hair wrapped. The family can enjoy a hayride through the grounds.
And on your way out be sure to stop by the market for seasonal apples, baked goods and cider. You can also pick up the perfect pumpkin for carving your Halloween Jack-o-lantern and cornstalks, mums and gourds for decorating your home.
If you prefer, you have the option to pick your own apples. Your adventure will begin with a wagon ride. All the trees are dwarfs so even the youngest of your brood can join in the harvest. Not all apples are available through out the entire “apple” season so check the website to see what varieties are available when you plan to visit.
A trip to any of Milburn Orchards’ Fall Weekend events will provide a unique outing that is sure to become a family tradition for years to come.
If you go.
Below is a list of the upcoming weekend themes (Updated for 2018).
Grandparents Weekend: Sept. 15 &16; Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday Weekend: Sept. 22 & 23; Apple Harvest Celebration: Sept. 29 & 30; Pumpkin Harvest Celebration: Oct. 6 & 7; Family Fun on the Farm Weekend: Oct 13 & 14; Autumn Colors Weekend: Oct. 20 & 21; Trick-or-Treat Weekend: Oct. 27 & 28.
Admission: 2 and under: FREE; Ages 3-59: $10, 60+: $5
Originally post on Gypsytales01.wordpress.com on Sept. 20, 2011. Written by Susan Decoteau-Ferrier