Pumpkin festival proves fruitful for thousands on full opening weekend

Joshua Woodhead, from Castleford, enjoys the pumpkin festival at Farmer Copley's, in Purston near Pontefract. Picture Scott Merrylees.
Joshua Woodhead, from Castleford, enjoys the pumpkin festival at Farmer Copley's, in Purston near Pontefract. Picture Scott Merrylees.
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As the build-up to Halloween starts in earnest, one corner of West Yorkshire has been showing some real pumpkin power.

Around 5,000 people flocked to Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Festival at Ravensknowle Farm, near Pontefract, over the weekend.

Visictors picked their own fruits, with many creating spooky lanterns on the day to take home.

The fun event also included fancy dress witches and wizards, trailer rides aboard the Pumpkin Express and stoprytelling with ‘Mrs Pumpkin’.

The annual festival will continue from October 25 to 31.

It’s the fifth year that Farmer Copley’s has held the event, and - like many of the pumpkins on offer - it’s reached huge proportions.

Organiser Heather Copley, who dresses up as a witch every year to entertain visiting children, said: “It’s been absolutely off the scale. We have been bursting at the seams and the 10 acres of car parks have been rammed.

“We are going to have to have an emergency meeting next week to decide how to cope!

“We started the festival with 170 pumpkins five years ago.

“We have grown 30,000 this year, but we are worried we won’t have enough!

“People have been walking out with wheelbarrows full of pumpkins, not just one.

“I think pumpkin is going to be on the menu for quite a few days for many people!”

She said the variety of fruits available - in several colours as well as the standard Halloween orange - ensured “there’s a pumpkin for everyone”.

The Copley family have prepared a variety of pumpkin recipes, which can be viewed on their website www.farmercopleys.co.uk along with more details of the festival.

You can also follow the festival via the Farmer Copley’s facebook page.

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