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Pumpkins, Squash, the Circus and Events abound for 2009 Fall Season

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PUMPKINS, SQUASH, THE CIRCUS AND EVENTS ABOUND FOR 2009 FALL SEASON

The leaves are turning, and so are the minds of families in New England – turning to autumn fun. Jones Family Farms invites families to return to Pumpkinseed Hill and enjoy the beautiful season with the farmers. Opening for a preview weekend on September 26th, Jones Family Farms will offer up a fall harvest of over 50 varieties of squash, pumpkins, gourds and other classic autumn goodies. Hayrides for the entire family run daily. On weekends the family corn maze is open.

Recent stories have depicted the difficult time New England farmers have been having with their pumpkin harvests this year, however the Jones farm is feeling good about their harvest. “We’re very fortunate that despite all the rain this summer, our crop looks great! We’ll have plenty of pumpkins, squash and gourds for our guests and of course they are all grown right here on the farm” exclaimed Terry Jones, fifth generation farmer at Jones Family Farms.

This year Jones Family Farms will be featuring Connecticut’s own P.T. Barnum and the circus as their annual theme. The man who brought The Greatest Show on Earth to life will be celebrated by Jones Family Farm with a sideshow stage, a circus train full of squash, various circus-themed photo opportunities, information about the man who called Bridgeport home and so much more.

As is tradition, the Joneses will host their annual UNICEF Family Festival the weekend before Halloween. For over 20 years families have been invited to come in costume and enjoy the all-you-can-carry pumpkin special, kids games, crafts and entertainment. This year the festival falls on Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th and features entertainment from groups including CenterStage in Shelton and local magician Bryan Lizotte. The festival directly benefits the UNICEF organization.

Earlier in the season, Jones Family Farms will host two events that are unique to the area.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) will be conducting a “Fiddle Faddle” event at Jones Family Farms’ historic dairy barn on Saturday, September 26th at 12pm and again at 2pm. The one-hour shows are a part of the NHSO’s Family Concert Series. Fiddling and singing duo, Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof of Moonshine Holler, will take guests on a journey of American fiddling traditions both old and new, accompanied by NHSO bassist Jim Andrews. Children will sing, dance and clap their way through this fun filled experience. Ending with NHSO Assistant Concertmaster Artemis Simerson displaying the astounding beauty of the modern violin, it will truly be a program to remember for young and old. Ticket and other information can be found at newhavensymphony.org or by calling 203-865-0831.

That same weekend, biking their way through local farms, will be the Naugatuck Valley Tour des Farms bike ride. The “Tour” will begin at Jones Family Farms at 9:00AM on September 26th. Riders will have the option of a 10-mile route, a 30-mile route or a metric century (62 miles) route. Stops will be at vegetable farms, orchards, farm stands, nurseries and ends up back at the Jones Winery. For registration, pricing and other information visit active.com or call 1-800-805-8313 ext 3.

For information on Jones Family Farms visit http://www.JonesFamilyFarms.com or call 203-929-8425. You can also find Jones Family Farms on Twitter and Facebook.

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