Under strings of lanterns and the night's canopy of stars, kids scamper through a field filled with thousands of pumpkins, each one searching for the biggest, roundest one. Finding it is one thing; lifting it is another. The bountiful Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm began a bit by happenstance?the owners originally began selling pumpkins out of the back of their pickup and steadily added on amusements as more people came each year. More than 30 years later, the one-month harvest festival sets up each October with attractions ranging from pony rides to puppet shows. As they explore the area amid bales of hay, teepees, character cutouts, and other props, kids can feed baby goats and sheep at the petting zoo or sit on an authentic tractor from 1932. Once guests have procured the perfect pumpkin to carve into the likeness of their favorite monster, they can get their picture taken with Pumpkin Jack, hop on rides such as the Goliath Slide or Pumpkin City Express Train, or visit Gone Fishing, Knock 'Em Down, and other game booths.
Staff Size: 11?25
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Wilson, Penn, Head
Pro Tip: Bring a tennis racquet and soft-soled shoes, if you don't have a racquet we can loan you one
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Refreshements
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Providing more than 4,000 lessons a year to 1,500 students, Golf Swing Perscription's experienced staff of instructors use high-speed cameras and FlightScope analytics to examine their clients' golf swings. Clients who are ready to launch golf balls into the air meet up with an instructor at Golf Swing Prescription's indoor studio that features a carpet with green turf. Cameras capture each swing for later review on a 46-inch flat screen, which gives instructors a good, long look at each clients' style to help improve form and follow-through with time-testing instruction techniques and a calculates series of jabs to the shoulder's reflex point. After each lesson, instructors post a summary online, where students can retrieve the information for 24/7 advice.
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