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The Thrill of the Ride

Itís a bird. Itís a plane. Uh. No. Itís just some dude gliding along on a zipline.

Wait a minute. That looks like fun! And apparently, it is so much fun that Loren Schmierer, owner of Stonycreek Farm Landscape and Nursery has to extend the zipline hours at his 38th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival.

Harvest season is celebrated each year on the 1860ís farm in Noblesville, Indiana. The festival runs through October 31and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but the zipline is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It had originally been open only on Saturday and Sunday. But the main attraction has become the main attraction!

The cost of the zipline is $10 per person for anyone age eight and up who weighs less than 250 pounds. The zip line sails across the valley, over a creek and then gives riders a spectacular view of the hayride wagons heading out to the field. The ride lasts 400 feet and is 20 feet high in some places. All riders must sign a release form (guardian signature is required for riders 17 and under).

Situated on fifty acres of rolling Indiana farmland, the farm was named after the creek, which meanders through the property. Stonycreek was an Indian trade route and the site of an old gristmill. Steeped in American history, still standing on the farmstead are the original house, the big barn, black smith shop, and buggy barn. During the peak weekends of the Pumpkin Harvest Festival, more than 2,000 a day attend the event to make special memories with friends and family members.

Returning this year: An entertainment area for ďkidsĒ ages 8-80 featuring duck races with antique water pumps and peddle car races and last yearís popular attraction, the Giant Jumping Pillow. Bring the entire family and enjoy the many fall activities Stonycreek Farm has to offer. Some activities include the hayride to the pumpkin patch, a haunted house for youngsters, gourd sling shot, corn cob cannon, Kiddiepillar (inflatable), candle making, farm animals, and more. Kids love the pony rides, jumping in the giant straw mound and playing at the playground. Most activities have a nominal fee. Bob Allen, local pumpkin carver will be on hand every Saturday and Sunday to create custom carved pumpkins for $20. Mums and fall decorations are available for sale in the greenhouse. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop for local handmade products as well as unique fall and Christmas gifts. If you get hungry, the Country Market is open daily offering smoked ribs and turkey legs and Kettle Corn is sold on the weekends.

Stonycreek Farm is located at 11366 State Road 38 East, Noblesville. Parking is $5.00 per car on Saturday and Sunday. There is no parking fee Monday-Friday.

Written by Theresia Whitfield

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