Britt’s Garden Acres annual pumpkin patch set to reopen

Activities at Britt's Farm include pumpkin picking among others. (Benjamin Voller | Collegian Media Group)

As summer cools into autumn, Britt’s Garden Acres, a Manhattan favorite, prepares for its season opening next week. Although the transition may appear seamless to customers, the arrangements for Britt’s opening have been in the works for months. 

Angela Britt, Britt’s co-owner, said preparing for the upcoming opening is a long process.

“All of that honestly starts in November of the previous year,” Britt said. “Generally we usually begin building attractions over the summer, and then of course the idea is to have everything ready for the end of September.” 

While Britt’s isn’t planning on any new attractions, Britt guarantees the fan favorites will still be available, such as the petting zoo, potato cannons, giant slide, corn maze, hayrack rides, and pig races. Britt also hinted at a new picture spot that will be premiering this week. 

Hannah Rerick, sophomore in business administration, said she is excited for Britt’s to reopen.

“I’m looking forward to going to the pumpkin patch with my friends and going to the petting zoo,” Rerick said.

Many campus organizations often host exciting events at Britt’s to encourage community outreach and promote local businesses. Britt’s welcomes this by renting out the large barn on their property, along with allowing bonfire parties. Britt said she enjoys hosting these kinds of events.

“We always host lots of barn parties with the fraternities and sororities and other organizations around town,” Britt said. “We are definitely excited to host those again.”

Britt’s Garden Acres aims to provide a space for students and families to relax and enjoy outdoor, stress-free fun. Britt said she is excited to see guests to enjoy the pumpkin patch this upcoming season.

“It’s always just so much fun,” Britt said. “I love to see students be able to get out and relax when they need some brain dump time. From a family standpoint, it’s great for families to be able to kick back, relax, get out of the house, and do something different.”

As the school year begins to fill students’ schedules with exams and extracurricular commitments, Britt’s guarantees enjoyment with unique attractions not offered by anyone else in the community.