You think autumn, and chances are you may think the changing colors found in the aspens of Colorado or grabbing a jacket and heading apple picking out in the Northeast, but truth be told, there's tons of fun to be had right here in the desert. Meghan Preston is a creative writer from Northern Arizona University. As an aspiring writer she specializes in writing about travel destinations and tourism in the Southwest region. Here, she highlights some autumn events in our backyard.
Now that autumn is here, it's time for that yearly visit to the pumpkin farm. Located just 22 miles west of Tucson on West Ajo Way (Rte. 86 W) is the Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze. Open four weekends in October from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., join in on the fun and visit the 50 acre pumpkin patch and 11 acre corn maze. For some Halloween fun, those who are age 13 and older are able to check out the Terror in the Corn on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 P.M. to 12 MN.
The pumpkin festival is for all ages and will include a horse drawn wagon ride, both to and from the pumpkin patch, a visit to the 4-H petting zoo to feed and pet the animals, an arts and crafts tent, and fun filled festival game. Pumpkins are taken to the weighing station where they are weighed and priced for 50 cents a pound. There will also be pedal car races for the racing fanatics, and opportunities to chow down on food. Buckelew Farm has great excellent accommodations to complete for a fun fall weekend at the pumpkin festival. Tickets are available for $4.00 a person, while toddlers and babies are free.
With over 4 miles of trails winding through 2 different newly designed corn mazes, you can test out your navigational skills at the Corn Maze as well. To keep our guests from getting lost, there are 12 checkout points, so there is no need to worry while enjoying a walk through the corn maze. The maze will be open to all and tickets are available for cheap. There will also be a haunted maze trip for visitors who are over the age of 13. Live actors will be ready to test the nerves of even the brave. Terror in the Corn is open from 6pm to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays each weekend in October. The festival and corn maze are two great events for a fall weekend.
Another great event in the Tucson area is The 5th Annual Copper Chef Challenge and Barbeque, which is the most popular family event hosted by the Tucson Originals. There will be plenty of barbeque and brunch prepared by Tucson Originals restaurants. In addition, there will be a pumpkin carving contest, youth cooking demonstrations, surprise throw downs, and the Copper Chef Challenge.
The event will take place on Sunday, October 30 from 11am to 3pm at the Kiva Patio and Ballroom at Loews Ventana Canyon. A portion of the proceeds raised during the Copper Chef Challenge and Barbeque will be donated to New Beginnings for Women and Children. New Beginnings for Women and Children works to serve homeless women and children in the area by providing them Tucson apartments and homes to live in.
Certainly the fall is an enjoyable time to live in Tucson, because of the weather cooling down a bit and the onset of football. There are some great events coming up that provide an excellent opportunity to get involved in the community and enjoy some great activities and food in Tucson.