Kids love everything about pumpkin patches—looking for the pumpkins, walking around the pumpkins, smelling the pumpkins, lifting up the pumpkins, and then putting the pumpkins back down in the same place. Go for the gourd with this Groupon.
- Admission to the Pumpkins for a Cure Festival or Harvest Taste – Sweet & Savory, both of which raise money for the Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation
- When: Saturday, September 28
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $10 for four pumpkin patch passes, part of Pumpkins for a Cure (up to a $20 value)
- $15 for six pumpkin patch passes (up to a $30 value)
- $25 for two tickets to Harvest Taste – Sweet & Savory (a $50 value)<p>
Pumpkins for a Cure Festival
- When: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
- What you get with a pumpkin patch pass: a carriage ride, face painting, balloon animals, free feed at the petting zoo
- What’s included for all festival attendees: hot dogs from Fifth Third Bank, music by Miss Carol and Macaroni Soup, story time with a live owl demonstration from Stillman Nature Preserve, a chance to meet Ozzie from the Kane County Cougars
- What’s not included for any attendees: A chance to meet The Great Pumpkin. He doesn’t exist. Just accept it.<p>
Harvest Taste – Sweet & Savory
- When: 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
- Who’s savory at the Harvest Taste?: Wildwood, Preservation Bread & Wine, Chez Moi, Sergio’s Cantina, Aliano’s, Evenflow
- Who’s sweet?: Blue Goose, Sugar Path, The Latest Crave, Atrium Cafe at the Little Traveler, Sweet Natalie’s
- What are they doing there?: competing for the votes of all attendees and the judges
- Who are the judges?: judges include Alain and Esther Roby of All Chocolate Kitchen, Hans Aeschbacher of the Palace Grill, and Jen Lamplough from the Food Network’s Fat Chef
- Who won last year?: Aliano’s Ristorante and The Sugar Path
- Who will win this year?: that’s up to you<p>
Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation
In 2004, four-year-old Jim Zellmer's life was changed forever when he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. So his family did something about it. His grandparents owned a farm in Iowa, and Jim himself came up with the idea—what if the Zellmers grew pumpkins and sold them to support their cause? They raised more than $6,000 for diabetes research in their first year, and their harvest festival has grown every year since, featuring everything from food tastings to live music, carriage rides, and a petting zoo.