For a multitude of families from the Bradenton area and beyond, it's time to plan that annual pumpkin-picking trip to East Manatee County.
Hunsader Farms' 21st annual Pumpkin Festival starts Saturday and promises to satisfy all your pumpkin needs and offer plenty of what organizers call "old-time American fun."
In addition to the greatest pumpkin selection in the region, entertainment includes the top bird act and a BMX bike stunt show, both from the popular TV program "America's Got Talent."
There are also numerous other live music and variety acts, 100-plus craft booths, the charity pumpkin games, the pioneer trades village, hayrides, pony rides, chainsaw sculptor, corn maze, scarecrow displays, rock climbing wall, power jump, petting zoo, barnyard playground, face painting, children's train ride, a juggler, butterfly experience and the frog jumping championship.
There are food vendors galore, too, including popular staples such as fresh produce, homemade ice cream, farm roasted sweet corn and, yes, pumpkin pie.
Held every weekend through the rest of the month, Pumpkin Festival is enjoyed by individuals of all ages but is really a must-attend event for those with children.
Details: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, Hunsader Farms, 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton. Admission: $8; children age 12 and under are free. Parking is $5. Information: 941-322-2168 or www.hunsaderfarms.com.