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Pumpkins & Pippins Fall Festival 2024

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

DETAILS STILL BEING ARRANGED FOR 2024! Date and time to be confirmed.

Support Buttonwood Nature Center, Home of The Institute by bringing your family to a fall celebration of Pumpkins & Pippins!

Our fourth annual Pumpkins and Pippins fall festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at Pine Hill Recreation Area, Waynesboro. Rain location is the Waynesboro Area Middle School.

A fundraiser for Buttonwood/The Institute, the festival includes a full slate of activities and fun for all ages, including a ‘kid zone’ with yard games, a StoryWalk® hike & activity, a photo stand and more.

This information is from 2023, but much of it will apply to this year’s event:

Pony rides for kids from Serendipity Horse Meadows Farm provide a fun, memorable experience during the festival. In addition, craft vendors offer a variety of wares.

Sugar Hollow Farm Alpacas will be on site during the festival with several alpacas for visiting.

“We also have a pie walk, a pumpkin patch, and a decorated pumpkin contest,” said Jessica Watson, the Institute’s assistant director and event organizer. “We invite everyone to support Buttonwood Nature Center by bringing your family to a fall celebration of Pumpkins & Pippins.”

A star attraction is the ever-popular trebuchet pumpkin launcher, which will run throughout the day sending pumpkins flying through the sky. Trebuchets are giant catapult devices that originated in medieval times.

“Our famous trebuchet was built by volunteers who researched the devices thoroughly to create an authentic working model,” Watson said. “Our trebuchet hurls pumpkins, and it’s great fun to watch how far they fly.”

Check back for information on our annual DECORATED PUMPKIN CONTEST!

Live music is a festival mainstay. The bluegrass band, Marv Ashby and High Octane, will be the featured entertainment. Based in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., the band is known for dynamic traditional and contemporary bluegrass.

The GRID (Grease, Rust, Iron & Dirt) Tractor Club from Quincy will bring antique tractors, and craft vendors offer a variety of wares. Vendors to date include Cosmic Rhythm, Four Sons Farm, Christine Lehman Art, Little Bear Apiary, GS Gray WoodWorking, Party of 8 Creations, Burn One Down, Rose & Ivy, and Silver Birch Co.

Those attending can buy lunch from Maddie Ann’s Perogies or J&M BBQ food trucks. A bake sale offers a variety of homemade goodies for dessert.

Pumpkins, apples and cider will be available for purchase.

Admission is $15 per car, cash only.

Last year’s sponsors:

Thank you to our LEAD SPONSOR, Arlene Unger of Re/Max Results

PONY RIDE SPONSOR: Rouzerville Business Association

BAKE SALE SPONSOR: Owls Club of Waynesboro

Other sponsors: Linda Barkdoll, Ronnie Martin Realty; Dave Shockey Auto Body; Specialty Granules; Jason Mummert, Iron Valley Real Estate; and Allen B. Scott.

In-Kind Donations— Pumpkins: Harlan Hess Farm; Straw: Jem Farms; Apples: Rhinehart Orchards; Apple Cider: Ivy Hill Farm

Further support by our Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Marge Kiersz; Alma W. Oyer; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township.

This event is a fundraiser for Buttonwood Nature Center, Home of The Institute, a nonprofit organization.


October 19
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Buttonwood Nature Center–Home of The Institute
(717) 762-0373


Pine Hill Recreation Area
12684 Mentzer Gap Rd
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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