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     Saturday we kicked off pumpkin-patch season with our first ever trip to Soergel Orchards in Wexford! Although it was a little warm for mid-October, it was an absolutely beautiful day to be outside, and we were more than excited to pack up and head out to one of the most-anticipated annual festivals in our area. According to their website, Soergel's Fall Festival has been a yearly tradition for the last forty years, and before we even got out of the car, I could see why so many choose to go to Soergel's for a day of family fun.

    When we arrived, it was crowded - as anticipated - and although parking seemed to be sparse, we were quickly guided to an open spot by a few of the Soergel's employees. We loaded EJ up into my LILLEbaby carrier and took off towards the epicenter of activities between the Soergel's country store and the pumpkin patch. EJ was having a little bit of a meltdown once we got there, so I quickly took advantage of the "Changing Station/Nursing Mothers Room" that was so kindly provided near the entrance, and then we got on with the sight-seeing...there was truly so much to see and do!

   Although EJ was too little to have a hands-on experience this year, I was really impressed with the amount of fun and interactive kids activities happening around us. I saw a giant slide, bounce house, and corn maze, and the Soergel's website lists at least 15 more activities for kids, such as sand art, pumpkin painting and a train ride. Surprisingly there was even some adult-only things to enjoy, such as wine, beer and vodka tasting provided by a few local brewing companies and a wine cellar. We decided to bypass the alcoholic beverages for now, and instead headed straight to the Back 40 BBQ for lunch!

   Although there was LOTS to choose from, we both went for the pulled pork sandwich and roasted corn!! We were really impressed with the price of food as well - normally for a large event, one can expect to spend a fortune on food and drinks, but for our two sandwiches, two corn-cobs and a bottle of water, we spent less than $20! On the menu, they also had hamburgers, hotdogs, and savory sides like mac and cheese! YUM.

   After we ate, we were all feeling a little sleepy, so we decided it best to hike up to the pumpkin patch for some take-home pumpkins before heading home for the day. The patch is housed slightly above the rest of the activities, and although we decided to walk, there was a tractor offering hayrides to and from the patch - we were breaking a sweat by the time we got to the patch, next time we will definitely opt for the hayride! The pumpkin patch was huge, and had a wide selection of bright orange pumpkins of all different sizes to choose from! In fact, many of the pumpkins were so large, it seemed to be tough to find one that was average-to-small sized, but we managed to pick up two that were perfect to display on our front porch!

  After purchasing our pumpkins, we loaded up and headed home to veg-out and relax for the rest of the day. I'm so thankful for weekends with me family - it's truly something I look forward to during the week, even as early as Monday I'm already looking forward to spending time with family and loved ones when the weekend arrives. Soergel's holds their Fall Festival until the end of October, so if you are in the Pittsburgh area, you have a couple more weekends to get out and experience this incredibly fun festival before it's too late. If you miss the festival but still want to check out everything Soergel's has to offer, they are open on the week days from 8am until 7:30pm. Their farm-fresh produce, country store and gift barn are worth checking out any day of the week!

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If you live in Pittsburgh, have you ever been to Soergel's? What do you love most about the fall festivals in your area?

Xoxo, Kate

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