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Sewell’s Farm pumpkin extravaganza!

Danielle Ryan

(9/21) Sewell’s Farm in Taneytown just held their grand opening featuring some fun filled fall activities and the unveiling of their giant pumpkin during the weekend of September 24th. If you weren’t able to make it to the grand opening, don’t fret, because Sewell Farm will be holding these activities every weekend through the end of October!

Lori and Ronnie Sewell decided to do something a little different this year on their farm for the fall season which leads up to the beginning of their Christmas season. After some consideration, the Sewell’s came up with the idea to construct a massive, larger than life pumpkin that you really need to see for yourself! The idea has been in the works since February of this year, and the construction and fabrication of the pumpkin took months to finish. Visitors will be able to walk inside the pumpkin house, which will be adorned with spooky characters and decorations in the true spirit of Halloween.

The Sewell’s hope to build upon the pumpkin in the future, noting the potential for a second story within the pumpkin, and every year the theme within and surrounding the pumpkin will be different. Visitors will surely want to come back and make this experience a tradition every year to see what the pumpkin has in store each fall. Lori Sewell also mentioned that the giant pumpkin may be in the running for the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest man-made steel constructed pumpkin! How exciting would it be to have the largest man-made pumpkin right here in Taneytown!

In addition to visiting the giant pumpkin and taking your fill of fun pictures in and around the massive structure, visitors will also be able to participate in other family activities. Get lost in the sunflower maze, a fun twist on the traditional corn maze. The approximately three and a half acre maze is sure to delight people of all ages.

Once you’ve made your way out of the maze, make your way over to the pumpkin patch to pick out your very own pumpkin. Sewell Farm has six acres of hand planted pumpkins, and there are 30 varieties to choose from. Pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and textures are available, so there is certainly a pumpkin for everyone!

From the pumpkin patch, you can participate in a farm scavenger hunt. Those wishing to participate will be given a list of items to locate on the farm, which are hidden in and around the Christmas trees. If scavenger hunts aren’t quite your cup of tea, then how about you build your own scarecrow? This activity is fun for kids and parents alike.

Before you leave, stop into the Christmas shop, which is filled with both Christmas and Halloween knick- knacks and decorations. Pre-picked pumpkins will also be available for purchase, if you aren’t able to pick your own.

Admission to the farm is $6, and includes the pumpkin house, sunflower maze, scavenger hunt and hay ride to the pumpkin patch. The "build-your-own scarecrow" is an additional charge, but all supplies are included within the fee. Pick your own pumpkins are $0.50 per pound.

Of course, once the fall season has commenced, Sewell’s Christmas tree season will once again open. After a short break, Sewell’s Farm will begin their Christmas season from Saturday November 19 to December 22, seven days a week. Cut your own trees and pre-cut trees as well as Christmas decorations will be available.

Take some time this October and stop into Sewell’s Farm for a fun filled day of fall activities for all ages. For more information on Sewell Farm, their fall activities, or their Christmas tree season, visit or visit them on Facebook at

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