Great Pumpkin Farm to offer free Preview Weekend

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The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence will kick off its 21st annual Fall Festival with a free admission Preview Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to dusk. Free admission includes something for everyone: the corn maze, hay maze, magic show, Boo Barn, amusement rides and more. Other events and activities are available for a small fee. Guests can also purchase pumpkins, gourds, mums and stalks and visit the bakery for freshly baked pies, cookies, pastries, candy and cider. 

In addition to the regular Fall Festival activities, Preview Weekend will include the Buffalo Zombie Mud Run on Sept. 17. The Festival grounds have been infected and zombies will swarm the grounds in search of brains! Registrants must gather friends, family members, co-workers and anyone else who is brave enough to challenge the pandemic! Your mission? Run, jump and crawl through the 5k, 13-obstacle course as you attempt to outwit the chaser and roaming zombies who are located throughout the course alone or in hordes and will try to steal all of your three lifelines. Cross the finish line with at least one lifeline intact to help save the human race — and earn yourself a place at the Survivors Party!

The “first outbreak” takes place at 9 a.m.; each subsequent “outbreak” is 30 minutes later until noon. For more information about the Buffalo Zombie Mud Run, visit buffalozombiemudrun.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House in Buffalo.

Also taking place Preview Weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17, is WNY’s Furtastic Adopt-a-Thon which brings local animal rescues, fostering networks, animal shelters, animal hospitals and WNY’s pet-loving community together under one roof to spotlight animals up for adoption. This event offers a one-stop shopping experience for potential adopters looking to fall in love and bring home a new best friend. Every pet adopted will receive a free microchip and registration courtesy of the Erie County Health Department, and a goodie bag from TLC Pet Food. 

With your help, this event will build awareness to the plight of homeless pets and help to save lives one paw at a time. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/257908141228460/.

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