Today, my friends, an era ends. A staple in the lives of north-of-the-city Yinzers closes its doors (and fields) forever for the fall season.
Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm is closing, and today is the last-ever day for its fall harvest festival.
If you grew up in the Avonworth Community, Reilly’s has probably always been a part of your life. You probably got your pumpkin here every year since you were old enough to sit on a hayride. For many of us, it was our first job. (Resident Weenie Girl & Nacho Queen, 1994-1996, representing!) And nothing really beat the old Reilly’s October bonfires when you were a teenager.
This year, tickets were $7, and it gets you the hayride and all the free stuff (like the petting zoo!!!) plus your choice of 3 Special Activities like milking a fake cow (husband refused to milk a fake cow), corn stalk maze, boo barn, or face painting (husband refused to let me get my face painted).
Here’s how it usually goes:
Husband: ::picks up first pumpkin he sees:: Look! This one is perfect!
Fox: ::looks at pumpkin:: hmmmmmmmm maaaaaaaybe but I’m not sure yet. Pick it up and carry it around with us just in case.
::Fox proceeds to look at every single damn pumpkin in the pumpkin patch while husband drags 20+ pound enormous pumpkin around::
Fox: ::sighs:: I think you were right, the first one was the best.
I sadly ate my last-ever Reilly’s Farm hot dog. They aren’t boiled anymore!! And they have exciting new options like kielbasa & hamburgers. Back in my day, we had boiled hot dogs & meatball sandwiches from a Crock Pot. And once, I let the hot dogs boil too hot & long and they exploded in the center, but it turned out okay, because that just made a little crater down the center that I could put more toppings into.
Sigh. The good old days. I was a terrific Weenie Girl. Even if I’m still not over the horrors of making Crock Pot nacho cheese sauce from a giant can on a 42-degree morning. Oh, youth.
There are even more activities than what we’ve pictured here. For the little ones, there are a TON of cool things to do, including the Boo Barn, which is like a miniature (not-too-terribly-spooky) haunted house for kids. That was the BEST when you were little. It was like, ‘HOW MANY TIMES CAN WE GO THROUGH THE BOO BARN IN 3 HOURS?’ (Sorry, parents!) There are also games & goodybags & little pedal carts you can ride. Oh, and a giant slide down the hill! Seriously, you can easily spend all afternoon!
So today is your last chance to visit this amazing autumn event. Even aren’t scarred for life by the smell from that time you melted a spatula making the Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, and even if you never came home with your hair totally filled with glitter from the sugar from making cotton candy all afternoon, if you’re from north of the city, Reilly’s has probably been a part of your life. I’ll always be grateful for the memories here, both from visiting and from my first-ever job there (those Red Hot Chili Peppers albums weren’t going to buy themselves!). I am so sad to see it go, but so happy to have had all the years of great memories.
Reilly’s is located in Ohio Township & is open today from 10am until 6pm.