WV Pumpkin Festival Educational Activities

Hello Educators,

 

As a retired teacher and administrator I know the problems you have  finding field trips that meet educational standards. It is even more difficult now that the trip must meet the requirement that the field trip must be educational so that instructional time does not have to be made up on another day. The West Virginia Pumpkin Festival has the answer to this problem. The Pumpkin Festival is an excellent field trip and an educational adventure. You WILL NOT be required to make up instructional time. The following are just some of the activities that qualify as educational:

 

  • Glass Blowing / Glass Making
  • Soil Conservation Trailer (Simulated Underground experience)
  • National Guards  Obstacle Course
  • Jurassic Kingdom
  • Frontier Furniture Making
  • Firefighter Show
  • Living History Encampment, covering historical time 1755 – 1890.   
  • Story Telling
  • Valley Exotics Zoo
  • Petting Zoo
  • Super Heroes (positive/uplifting and anti bullying)
  • Old Time Crafts
  • Weaving Demonstrations (with student hands on experience)
  • Maple syrup making
  • Chain saw carving
  • Red Cross
  • Agricultural Tent, crop growing, cow milking, bee tending, etc.
  • Arts and Craft area
  • School Bus on safe transportation instruction
  • Very important demonstration/instruction, EMT’s on how to handle and dispose of used needles.  
  • Frontier Furniture Making
  • Mug weaving (Mug A Rug)
  • Flue demonstration and playing
  • Jurassic Kingdom is the newest  show in Prehistoric History
  • Reading Room
  • Firefighter Show that is inspiring the next generation of heroes
  • Super Heroes lessons on bullying
  • Writing Across the Curriculum (Describing Activities of Day)
  • Blacksmithing (presentation about the importance of the Blacksmith to early America)

 

  • Story Telling
  • Birds of Prey (Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Red Tailed Hawk, and Perigee Falcon)          
  • Questions answered.
  • Lye soap making (cooked in a cast iron kettle over an open fire)
  • Cast iron cooking over open fire as pioneer performed
  • Apple Butter Making (cooked in a large cooper kettle over an open fire)
  • Exotic Petting Zoo with baby kangaroos
  • Stagecoach (Real 100 plus year old stagecoach with a history presentation )
  • Spinning and weaving (Wool made into cloth)
  • Grist mill (Whole kernel corn made into corn meal)
  • Chainsaw Carver (Demonstration of birds or animals made from blocks of wood)
  • Growth of Fruits & Vegetables Exhibit
  • Helicopter Rides & Remote Helicopter Demonstrations
  • Pumpkins for home (preschool through 5th grade
  • Old Time Crafts
  • Smaller Children’s Play Area
  • Living Statue
  • Hay Pyramid and Maze
  • Pumpkin Hill slide
  • Photo Cut Outs (BYO Cameras)
  • Cow Milking (West Virginia Agriculture)
  • Chicken Egg Laying (West Virginia Agriculture)
  • Lions Club performing eye examination
  • Assortment of Inflammables    
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Various Musical Groups
  • Various Art and Craft Demonstrations
  • Honey Making Bees
  • AND Many other educational activities

 

 

Firefighter show:  Entertainment with a message, this is a program that plays off of every child’s curiosity to one day become a firefighter.  What comes off as entertaining and fun today may save a life in the future.  This will teach the children about safety and firefighting, and entertain them as well.

 

Valley Exotics Zoo:  This is not only a zoo and petting zoo, but is also an educational operation as well.  The children will be able to learn about various animals and their habitats, along with experiencing ‘hands on’ interaction that they would not normally experience in a lifetime.

 

Super Heroes:  Heroes will share presentations throughout the day, delivering messages that will include positive and uplifting stories, as well as teaching them about bullying and other areas that need to be worked on in their lives today.

 

The West Augusta Volunteers are a group of men and women who share a common interest in the History and Heritage of Pioneer America.  Their clothing, personal items, guns, and food are those used from 1750-1890’s. There will be a trading post with items for sale of this period of time.  The Largest Traveling Museum of Guns will be on display.  Some of the demonstrations in the Camp will be broom making, display of furs, flute playing, cast iron cooking, lye soap making, Apple press and Apple cinder, working telegraph, Civil War soldier and many others.  There will be storytellers (enactors) of historical figures.

 

In addition, we will have several other areas that will have educational and historical value to the kids–see the site for all of the additional regular operations such as birds of prey, weaving, apple butter, gristmill, frontier days, and others too numerous to mention.

Permission Forms, Rules, & Regulations

 

All around the Park, you will find age appropriate entertainment for the students. The can sing along, interact with questions, dance to the music, or just watch.   

 

The Lion’s Club of Milton will bring eye screening equipment. Parents must sign & complete a form for permission to screen their child.  (Click here to print permission form.) Each child must bring this form to the Park to receive screening.

 

Please call and register at the number(s) below, providing us with your name, school name, and number of students attending, thus providing us with the number of pumpkins needed. Pumpkins will be available for each child upon departure.  Also, when it is time to return to school there is a PA system to announce your school and/or the name of that wayward student.

 

The West Virginia Pumpklin Festival encourages you to attend this years festival.  It is fun and most important, it is educational!

 

Becky Cooper

School Days Chairperson

304.743.9159  or 304.544.5392

 

Additional questions? Call WV Pumpkin Park 304-743-8774