The only thing more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack is finding a needle in a haystack mounted on a moving vehicle full of laughing families. Forget about the needle and enjoy the ride with today's Groupon to Charmingfare Farm in Candia, New Hampshire. Choose between the following options:
- For $26, you get a Pumpkin Festival outing for two (a $52 total value).
- For $52, you get a Pumpkin Festival outing for four (a $104 total value).
Each person in the outing receives:
- Unlimited rides and attractions (a $17 value each)
- A bag of grain to feed the animals (a $3 value each)
- A hot dog, chips, and a beverage (a $6 combined value each)
Each weekend through October 10, Charmingfare Farm will host its annual Pumpkin Festival, where honorary farmhands young and old partake in rides and farm games to honor the lordly gourd. The Round Bale Roll Challenge has contestants negotiate an obstacle course while rolling a bale of hay, and during the Cow Milking Contest, contestants squeeze udders for venture capital. Fall revelers click hiking-boot spurs to live music by Nine lb. Hammer, who provide the chase-scene soundtrack for horse-drawn hayrides and jaunts on tractor trains. A full complement of games, such as sack races, the Funny Farm Bounce, and pumpkin-spoon races, wears out even rambunctious tots, and adults will find autumnal amusement in the mums and asters, Farm Market, and scheduled bouts of sophisticated laughter. Pumpkin Festival gates open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all activities running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a master griller slings hot dogs off a charcoal grill from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Baby goats and calves lounge on straw in a petting zoo while wolves and black bears frolic just yards away. It's not a radical experiment in natural selection, though; it's just part of the varied attractions at Charmingfare Farm. After taking in the entire zoo—from pigs to camels—guests can avail themselves of such diversions as trail rides atop one of the farm's friendly horses. Horse-drawn hayrides and sleigh ride socials culminate in a stop at a roaring bonfire where guests can cook all the hotdogs and 'smores they've captured in the wild.