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day, weather-wise, as families took hayrides to a pumpkin patch and
laughed at many of the pumpkin-faced characters along the way at the
Forward Township farm.
Patience Martin, 3, of Wilkinsburg, attempted to pick up one of
the larger pumpkins in the patch as her mother, Danielle Speer,
watched with delight.
“It’s nice,” Speer said about Triple B Farms. “It’s big. It has a
lot of kid-friendly stuff. It’s really good. She’s loving it. She’s
running around like crazy, really enjoying it.” Some of the
attendees were wearing Steelers clothing and skipped watching
Sunday’s televised game against Detroit in order to make some new
Tammy Marks, 59, of Turtle Creek, was experiencing the festival
for the first time with her date Eric Solomon, 57, of Squirrel Hill.
Marks said one of the highlights of the trip was riding a horse
named April and going on the hayride.
Solomon picked out the couple’s pumpkin, and said he thought
taking Marks to the farm instead of staying at home for the game
would show her how sincere he is about their relationship.
Marks said it worked.
Other highlights for attendees Sunday, especially for children,
were the Big Blue Boo Barn, a haunted house of sorts; the Liberty
and Squirrel Hill tube slides; and the Quack Shack, an area were
children can interact with ducklings.
Quack Shack manager Josiah Provan said he is working for the third
year in that location, and also was amazed at the turnout despite
“I’m surprised,” he said. “I thought most people around here would
up and leave.” As the day wound down toward the 6 p.m. closing time,
people did leave, but not before checking out the many treats at the
farm’s bakery. That place was packed all day long with people
wanting pumpkin pies, homemade fudge, apple-filled cookies and many
New this year is an enormous Moonbounce obstacle course that ends
in a 17-foot high slide. It is big enough even for adults. Other
activities include a rope and corn maze, farm playground, pony rides
and a fall decorating tent that features straw bales, cornstalks,
Indian corn, squash and ears of popcorn.
Farm owners said the festival closed on Halloween in previous
years, but they wanted to give families at least one more day to
experience the fun at Triple B.
Hayrides and festival activities are open Wednesdays through
Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. The farm market is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to
7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The farm is located approximately15 miles south of Pittsburgh at
823 Berry Lane. For more information, call 724-258-3557 or visit the
farm’s Web site at