Patti’s Sept. 24 “Inside New Gloucester” column

Joe Morales, holding 1-year-old Ben, and Katherine Stewart, holding 2 1/2-half-year-old Joey, are in awe of the massive trucks in New Gloucester’s public works building. Joey’s love of fire trucks and excavation vehicles brought this family to the open house and tour Sept. 13. Patti Mikkelsen / For Lakes Region Weekly

Pineland Farms Harvest Festival includes corn maze, pumpkin patch

Celebrate autumn at Pineland Farms’ 7th annual Harvest Festival, a family-friendly community event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. Activities for all ages include apple cider demonstrations, a 5-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch and much more. Costumes are highly encouraged.

The festival takes place at the Valley Farm and the Family Farmyard. The fee is $7 per person; children 2 and under are free. Pre-registration is encouraged and tickets are limited. The rain date is Oct. 9. Sign up and check COVID-19 protocols at

To get there, take Morse Road from the intersection of Route 231 and Freeport Road, and then go right on to Farm View Drive. Proceed approximately 0.3 mile and take the first left onto Valley Farm Road. Follow that road until you see the Smokehouse Visitors Center (white silo) on the right-hand side.

For more details, contact the Education Department at 650-3031 or

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