Berry Acres Pumpkin Patch is a Fall Festival and Family Tradition
Fall has arrived, and the pumpkin patch Berry Acres is open again. Berry Acres Pumpkin Patch opened in 2010 when Calvin Berry and his wife Ashley were inspired to begin the fall tradition here after visiting other pumpkin patches in the Midwest.
“We took a bus tour and went to a bunch of different stops in Michigan. That’s kind of where we got the idea,” Calvin Berry said.
Berry Acres continues to grow, adding new attractions each year. New this year is laser tag, chipping golf, and a catch and release fishing pond; however, they continue to host the traditional activities they are known so well for.
“I love going to do mini golf, the corn maze and sometimes the obstacle courses,” Taylor Sink, North Dakota resident and attendee of four years, said.
Sink brings her daughter, Aryana, every year for her birthday with their family, making it a fall tradition. Sink said her daughter enjoys the castles of hay bales with slides, the obstacle course, the pit of corn, mini golf and the petting zoo.
“I went on the slides and I had fun on the train,” Aryana Sink said, explaining that she “sucked it up” this year and went on the train—overcoming the fear she had the previous years.
The Sink family plans to continue attending the pumpkin patch. Being a family-friendly activity, Berry Acres chooses themes known by children, often enjoyed by Berry’s own child. This year
the theme for the pumpkin patch is the movie “Up!” with the hay bale art work throughout the venue done by Ashley.
The famous eight-acre corn maze also changes each year taking a lot of preparation; however, the maze is not directly correlated with the theme of the pumpkin patch.
“Sometimes we have a sponsor, sometimes we just choose one. We start in the spring with what the corn maze is going to be designed as,” Calvin Berry said. This year, the Maze is sponsored by Village Family Service Center and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota.
Being a large attraction and tradition for many, Berry Acres is also an inviting activity for new comers as well. “I would have to say mini golf and picking out the ‘perfect pumpkin’ were my favorites,” Stephanie Aga, Minot resident and first-timer to Berry Acres, said. “I will continue to go because it helps kick off my favorite time of year, also, because it is important to support local businesses so we can continue to enjoy these types of things in our community. I am looking forward to next year and to see what things they come up with.”
While many go for the activities, the shopping is also a large part of the experience. The Berrys start planting pumpkins, squash, and various other vegetables in the spring. The hard work does not go unnoticed.
“We picked out too many pumpkins to buy,” Aga said. “Their selection was great, I thought. They had everything sorted very nicely and prices were clearly marked.”
The pumpkin patch continues to grow as an attraction for Minot, hosting around 2,000-2,500 on a weekend with beautiful fall weather; however, the weather does not always provide for a nice day. Numbers do go down to around 500 on weekends with poor weather.
“For college kids, there’s a lot to do, too — there’s mini golf, the paint ball wagon, there’s the corn maze. It’s not just for the young kids,” Berry said.
For the Berrys, their favorite part is watching the many kinds of families enjoy their time at the pumpkin patch during the nice fall weather. They look forward to this time of year and encourage everyone to come out. The pumpkin patch will continue to be open until Oct. 28, weather permitting.