The Pumpkin Festival at Shepard’s Cross near Claremore, OK runs from October 1- October 30 (2013) on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. This is a festival that I just found out about that looks promising if you want to spend a bit of time out in the country. It looks like it would make for a great family time. Or I think it might be a fun couple outing also.
The Festival is free, but a $3. per person donation is suggested. Many of the activities are free and then there are some activities that a fee is attached. For example if you want to make a Scarecrow, it is $3. per scarecrow. You are asked to bring clothes for your scarecrow. The Hayride is $5. per person, with children under one being free. And of course, you have to pay for pumpkins you may want to take home. There is also a store in with OK made products are sold. Amish candles and jams are sold, along with pecans, gourds , straw bales, etc.
Free Activities include:
A Pumpkin Patch
Farm Animal Petting Zoo
Hands on Learning Stations
Picnic Areas (but suggested you bring a blanket due to limited space)
And more . . .
I have not gone out to experience their Festival, but plan to before the end of the month. It should be noted that this is a Christian based Festival. It is also advertised as child friendly without being scary. I also noticed on their website that groups could schedule tours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays.
Please go to their website to find out more details and directions as to how to get out to this farm that is close to Claremore. www.sheperdcross.com