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Colony Pumpkin Patch celebrates fall with October festival

An a-maze-ing autumn day

NORTH LIBERTY– The air was crisp, the sun was shining and the pumpkins were blazing with color; a perfect day for a fall festival.
The Colony Pumpkin Patch, at 2780 Front St. NE in North Liberty, celebrated the coming of fall with its annual Fall Festival Oct. 3, inviting the public to enjoy a number of vendors and information booths, free family activities and pick-your-own pumpkins by the pound. The farm also celebrated the fourth year of its family-friendly corn maze.
The elaborately-sculpted maze, when viewed from above, depicts the face of a child, food items and the name of the North Liberty Community Pantry. Since its inception, the Colonys have used the maze as a means of educating the public on topics like North Liberty’s centennial celebration, the town’s agricultural history, and the importance of bone marrow donation. This year, 50¢ of every maze admission fee will be donated to the pantry to help provide food for neighbors in need. The maze is sponsored by local businesses, and maze visitors collect prizes and free gifts from the businesses by completing a punch card as they go from station to station throughout the maze.
Katie Colony, co-owner of the pumpkin patch with husband Dean, estimated between 5,000 and 7,000 people came through the gates.
“We thought the day was a huge success,” said Katie. “It was a gorgeous day and everybody was ready to celebrate the changing of the seasons.”
Also successful has been the fundraising effort to benefit the pantry. With a goal of raising $2,000 for the season, Katie said the maze has generated more than half the amount already.
“We have just two weeks left, but I have no doubt we’ll make our goal and hopefully surpass it,” she said.
The seasonal operation has gained in popularity each year since it first opened, Katie noted.
“We are seeing many new faces from all over the area, getting lots of great reviews, have a very full parking lot, and many sad kids who have to leave when they want to stay longer,” said Katie. “We learn new things each year, what works or doesn’t work, and what we need to do to accommodate. We try to do all we can as the season goes, and we are already thinking ahead to how we can make it better next year.”
And, it’s not just about bringing people in, she said, but also giving them a great memory to take with them when they leave.
“We want to make it the best experience for those who come, and we think about how we can make a difference, or bring awareness to those who may need help, or even just giving them a big ‘thank you,” she added.
The pumpkin patch and maze is open daily from 4 p.m. until dark through Friday, Oct. 30.