Fall Festival Season

Sep. 23rd, 2016 1:08 pm
The Autumnal equinox tells us it's officially Fall and even though the summer-like sun is still beaming down, signs of the season are starting to sneak through the cracks.  Leaves are starting to change colors, classrooms are once again full and fall themes adorn local businesses and establishments.  Western New York Catholic Schools are proud of our reputation for offering the best private schools in Buffalo. We are known for fostering academic excellence in a nurturing atmosphere.  We hope you find this list of fall activities a means to strengthen fun and educational family relationships outside the classroom. 
 
Opening Weekend: September 17-18
 
The Great Pumpkin Farm's Fall Festival kicks off this month and offers family-focused fun through October.  Rooted in the core family values shared by the different cultures in Western New York, the popular festival has grown into the largest fall family event in the region.
 
Admission is free this opening weekend and gives festival goers the opportunity to participate in a corn maze, hay maze, magic shows, amusement rides, the boo barn, cow train, gem mining and more for a small fee.  It's a taste of things to come over the following month and a half's festival schedule.  Check out the Great Pumpkin Farm's website for schedules and a full list of activities and offerings.  
 
Location:  The Great Pumpkin Farm at 11163 Main St, Clarence, NY 14031
Price:  Free
All following weekends cost $7 and discounted tickets are available at Wegmans
 
 
Oinktoberfest: September 23-25
 
As one of Fall Festival's featured weekends, Oinktoberfest continues its tradition of hosting the longest continuously running BBQ competition in the state.  Over the last 10 years it has become one of the region's premiere events.  The 3-day festival features non-stop music performed by 12 different acts and top-notch fare from reputable local BBQ vendors including Butts and Links BBQ & Catering (Depew), Big Belly BarBeQue (Hamburg) and Blazin Bo's (Clarence).  Along with the entertainment and food, festivalgoers can watch different teams compete for awards in the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competitions. If you're looking for a family-friendly event with entertainment and some of the best BBQ in the region, check out Oinktoberfest's website for more information and a detailed schedule of the weekend's happenings. 
 
Location:  The Great Pumpkin Farm at 11163 Main St, Clarence, NY 14031
Price:            Free admission and parking Friday night
            $7.00 admission with free parking Saturday and Sunday.
 
Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm: September 24-October
 
Wheatfield's seasonal pumpkin farm offers those looking for a fall excursion and affordable option "family fun and pumpkins too."  Much like some of its counterparts in the region, families can head to this seasonal-themed farm grounds to engage in activities that include a petting zoo and hay bales while stopping for a sip of apple cider.  
 
They also feature their version of haunted hay rides ($8 for adults and $6 for kids 13-and-under).  Keep in mind that all children 16-years-old and younger will need to be accompanied by at least one adult to take part.
 
Additionally, they offer a daytime family pass on the weekends from 12-5:00 p.m. for $6 a person.   The pass includes:
 
•Daytime family hayride
•Mini Corn Maze
•Play Area
•Popcorn and Drink
 
Location: 620 Nash Road Wheatfield, NY 14120 (716) 693-6407
 
 
Honey Harvest Festival 2016: October 1 (9-5) and 2 (10-4)
 
It took quite a process to get that honey into your jar, and if you've ever wondered how it works, make sure to check out Masterson's Garden Center's fourth annual Honey Harvest Festival.  Local beekeepers will be on site to actually demonstrate how they extract pure, raw honey from actual beehives.  Along with the demonstrations, you'll be able to participate in beekeeping seminars, activities for kids and honey tasting.
 
Other activities offered include wax rendering/candle making demonstrations, tastings, pollinator-friendly garden talk with local experts and a honey tasting competition.  Be sure to check out Masterson's website for a full list and schedule of events.
 
Location: 725 Olean Rd, East Aurora, NY, 14052, South Towns
Cost: Free
 
Whether it's taking in fall's beautiful aesthetics on a hike, picking apples or carving pumpkins, the autumn season brings a plethora of opportunities for family fun.  We believe our commitment to family plays an integral part in our network of private schools routinely being ranked highly in WNY school rankings and can't wait see all the fun fall has in store this year. 
 
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Fall Festival Season

Sep. 23rd, 2016 1:08 pm
The Autumnal equinox tells us it's officially Fall and even though the summer-like sun is still beaming down, signs of the season are starting to sneak through the cracks.  Leaves are starting to change colors, classrooms are once again full and fall themes adorn local businesses and establishments.  Western New York Catholic Schools are proud of our reputation for offering the best private schools in Buffalo. We are known for fostering academic excellence in a nurturing atmosphere.  We hope you find this list of fall activities a means to strengthen fun and educational family relationships outside the classroom. 
 
Opening Weekend: September 17-18
 
The Great Pumpkin Farm's Fall Festival kicks off this month and offers family-focused fun through October.  Rooted in the core family values shared by the different cultures in Western New York, the popular festival has grown into the largest fall family event in the region.
 
Admission is free this opening weekend and gives festival goers the opportunity to participate in a corn maze, hay maze, magic shows, amusement rides, the boo barn, cow train, gem mining and more for a small fee.  It's a taste of things to come over the following month and a half's festival schedule.  Check out the Great Pumpkin Farm's website for schedules and a full list of activities and offerings.  
 
Location:  The Great Pumpkin Farm at 11163 Main St, Clarence, NY 14031
Price:  Free
All following weekends cost $7 and discounted tickets are available at Wegmans
 
 
Oinktoberfest: September 23-25
 
As one of Fall Festival's featured weekends, Oinktoberfest continues its tradition of hosting the longest continuously running BBQ competition in the state.  Over the last 10 years it has become one of the region's premiere events.  The 3-day festival features non-stop music performed by 12 different acts and top-notch fare from reputable local BBQ vendors including Butts and Links BBQ & Catering (Depew), Big Belly BarBeQue (Hamburg) and Blazin Bo's (Clarence).  Along with the entertainment and food, festivalgoers can watch different teams compete for awards in the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competitions. If you're looking for a family-friendly event with entertainment and some of the best BBQ in the region, check out Oinktoberfest's website for more information and a detailed schedule of the weekend's happenings. 
 
Location:  The Great Pumpkin Farm at 11163 Main St, Clarence, NY 14031
Price:            Free admission and parking Friday night
            $7.00 admission with free parking Saturday and Sunday.
 
Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm: September 24-October
 
Wheatfield's seasonal pumpkin farm offers those looking for a fall excursion and affordable option "family fun and pumpkins too."  Much like some of its counterparts in the region, families can head to this seasonal-themed farm grounds to engage in activities that include a petting zoo and hay bales while stopping for a sip of apple cider.  
 
They also feature their version of haunted hay rides ($8 for adults and $6 for kids 13-and-under).  Keep in mind that all children 16-years-old and younger will need to be accompanied by at least one adult to take part.
 
Additionally, they offer a daytime family pass on the weekends from 12-5:00 p.m. for $6 a person.   The pass includes:
 
•Daytime family hayride
•Mini Corn Maze
•Play Area
•Popcorn and Drink
 
Location: 620 Nash Road Wheatfield, NY 14120 (716) 693-6407
 
 
Honey Harvest Festival 2016: October 1 (9-5) and 2 (10-4)
 
It took quite a process to get that honey into your jar, and if you've ever wondered how it works, make sure to check out Masterson's Garden Center's fourth annual Honey Harvest Festival.  Local beekeepers will be on site to actually demonstrate how they extract pure, raw honey from actual beehives.  Along with the demonstrations, you'll be able to participate in beekeeping seminars, activities for kids and honey tasting.
 
Other activities offered include wax rendering/candle making demonstrations, tastings, pollinator-friendly garden talk with local experts and a honey tasting competition.  Be sure to check out Masterson's website for a full list and schedule of events.
 
Location: 725 Olean Rd, East Aurora, NY, 14052, South Towns
Cost: Free
 
Whether it's taking in fall's beautiful aesthetics on a hike, picking apples or carving pumpkins, the autumn season brings a plethora of opportunities for family fun.  We believe our commitment to family plays an integral part in our network of private schools routinely being ranked highly in WNY school rankings and can't wait see all the fun fall has in store this year. 
 
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