‘LPBW’: How to Visit Roloff Farms for Pumpkin Season 2020
Pumpkin season at Roloff Farms is going to look a little bit different this year. After Little People, Big World star Matt Roloff hinted that the seasonal event might not happen at all in 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, pumpkin season is back on. But there will be some big changes to make sure everyone stays safe.
Matt Roloff said the outlook for pumpkin season was ‘grim’
Every year, thousands of people visit Roloff Farms in Hillsboro, Ore. for fall harvest fun. In addition to pumpkin picking, there are typically food carts, hayrides, pony rides, and other fun activities. But pandemic-related restrictions on large gatherings and events meant that inviting big crowds to the farm was likely a no-go, Matt Roloff explained in an Instagram comment back in early May.
At the time, restrictions in Oregon meant things didn’t “sound promising for events such as ours,” Matt wrote. “No fairs or large events. We run on a tight margin so we would have to double our prices to meet all the restrictions. We’re going to wait a few weeks and see if things are better. But sounds grim as of today.”
Roloff Farms will open for pumpkin season, with some big changes
While Matt wasn’t optimistic about the fate of pumpkin season a few months ago, the outlook has improved somewhat. The farm will be open, the Roloffs announced, though some of the usual activities won’t be happening and access will be limited.
Unlike in years past, people will need a reservation to visit Roloff Farms this year. Plus, the Adventure Zone play area and wagon tours won’t be happening. But there will be a scenic trail walk and u-pick pumpkins, and souvenirs will be available at the country store.
“[W]e haven’t closed the fun. We still got the fun,” the family declared on their website.
Roloff Farms tickets are $15 per person
Previously, visiting Roloff Farms was free, though you had to pay for your pumpkin and some of the extra activities. This year, visitors will need to pay to experience the farm. Adult tickets are $15 per person, kids 3-11 are $9, and children under the age of 3 are free.
You can buy a timed ticket on the Roloff Farms website, which gives you 2 hours to explore the farm and pick your pumpkin, which costs $0.49/pound. Face masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. Tickets won’t be available at the gate; instead, visitors will need to plan ahead and buy online.
The reservation system will “will help us manage the number and flow of people moving through the farm by staggering arrival times and limiting available tickets per time slot,” the family explained. “Roloff Farms is dedicated to providing a safe environment for your family, our family and our employees.”
Pumpkin season begins Oct. 2
Roloff Farms pumpkin season kicks off Oct. 2 and runs through Oct. 30. The farm is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to dusk.
“This year, we think it’s going to be just as good, but it’s going to be the COVID version of our pumpkin festival,” Matt said in a video shared on Instagram. “There are some brand new surprises that are very cool. Kids are gonna love it … this is a low-touch, highly safe way to get out, stretch your legs, and get out in some fresh air with the family.”