With “Home-Grown Fun and Farm Fresh Adventures,” Renyer’s Pumpkin Farm near Wetmore has turned pumpkin picking into a month-long party. If you try it, your family might just want to make it an annual tradition.Brenda Renyer explains this is the 12th year their family has opened the farm to the public for pumpkin picking. “They can spend a whole day and create memories that can last a lifetime for a very reasonable price,” says Renyer.

The Renyer’s farm seemed a natural fit for public consumption, since their land actually used to be a town – a stop on the Pony Express. Their house sits where the old Granada hotel used to stand, and a new special events building is on the site of the old Pony Express Grocery Store. The town’s one room school house sits down the road and another old farmhouse can be seen on the wagon-ride tours available at the farm.

Open weekends through October 31st, the pumpkin farm has loads of activities for kids big and small, including a corn maze, hay maze, duck race and something called “tire mountain.” New this year is a John Deere combine-turned-playground for the kids. You can have barbecue pulled pork sandwiches for lunch at the Scare Crow Café and take the family on a wagon ride—oh yes, and of course you can pick your own pumpkins straight from the patch. Dried and fresh gourds are also available for purchase, as well as crafts items from the Renyer’s store.

What: Renyer’s Pumpkin Farm

Where: 1160 X6 Rd, near Wetmore (45 minutes north of Topeka). Four miles west of Highway 75. There are permanent signs on Highway 75 and Highway 36 to help with directions to the farm.

When: Weekends in October, Saturday 11 am - 7pm and Sunday 1 - 6pm; also for the first time this year the last three Fridays in October 11 am - 7 pm.

Cost: General Admission $6.50

Special events: October 6 & 7: KU vs KSU Battle of the Colors: Wear your school colors and get $1 off admissionOctober 12 & 14: Heroes Weekend: All active military and first responders admitted free with a valid IDOctober 20 & 21: Kansas History with Jan Allison: A historical representation of Kansas historyOctober 27 & 28: Costume Party: Wear your costume and get $1 general admission ticket.

Becky Blake is the Director of the Kansas Travel & Tourism Division, and has been involved in the Kansas tourism industry for the past 30 years. The TravelKS Blog provides a brief update from Becky each week, featuring communities, events and attractions throughout the state.