Month-long Watermelon Festival kicks off Saturday at Swan’s Pumpkin Farm in Caledonia | Local News

CALEDONIA – The weekends ahead will be filled with fun, food and pancakes at Swan’s Pumpkin Farm, 5930 Highway H.

Saturday September 10 marks the opening day of the annual Swan’s Watermelon Festival, which will run every weekend until September 24, when the festival will become a daily event. In October, it will turn into a Pumpkin Festival, which will run every day until Halloween.

Watermelons and pumpkins

In addition to having their respective fruits for sale, the Pumpkin and Watermelon Festivals will also feature a corn maze, cattle feeding areas and a wagon ride with $6 tickets.

The festival will also feature various food items for sale, such as apple cider donuts, pulled pork sandwiches and hot corn, all made on the farm. Admission to the festival is free, but a $12 wristband can be purchased for children which will allow them to use some of the ride’s attractions, such as a slide made from a vintage John Deere tractor, cars with pedals and a walk in hay.

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Two male cows have lunch at Swan’s Pumpkin Farm, 5930 H-Highway, Caledonia. The Watermelon and Pumpkin Festivals will feature cows and other farm animals to be petted and fed.

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Near the entrance there will also be an above-ground bumper boat pool, the farm’s only outsourced attraction.

“Kids love it,” said Ken Swan, aka “Farmer Ken”, owner of Swan’s Pumpkin Farm. “Even when it starts to get colder in October, we have children on the boats.”

Bumper boats are $6 more. Festivals open at 9 a.m.

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