Updated October 16th
The third week of reports and reviews we're getting from readers and visitors that went to the Roloff farm this weekend (with Sunday still to go) have been a little more mixed than the previous two weekends.
As usual, as it gets closer to Halloween, the Roloff Pumpkin Patch/farm gets busier and busier. That is the dominant comment today. The super long lines and the amount of waiting people are doing. Still, I'd say the response has been probably 70% to 30% in favor of being positive. Most still saying they had a nice time in spite of the long wait. Others are saying it didn't live up to all the hype.
The long lines being the main complaint, some saying they would never wait 40 minutes to an hour to get from the road to the parking area. Some that are reporting they didn't enjoy it seemed to mostly base it on the fact that the lines for everything was so long that they didn't wait -- the lines for the tours, the lines to talk to the Roloffs or get a picture.
It seems to be rather random as to which Roloffs people see. Pretty much everyone except for Molly (apparently at a volleyball tournament) was spotted by different visitors. Zach and Jeremy are driving the tractors so it depends on which tractor people get as to whether they see Zach or Jeremy. Most people we heard from today met Matt, Amy, Jacob and one of either Zach or Jeremy. As noted before and as Matt mentioned, the biggest change this year in that regard is Jacob being out with the guests as opposed to waving from a distance in Molly's castle. The soccer game challenge appears to be an excellent idea to get Jacob more involved while still keeping it fun for him.
Most of the feedback we're getting from teenage girls are raving about the cuteness of Jeremy and Jacob. So the decision to put Jacob more "on the front lines" seems to have pleased the teenage girl crowd.
As we passed along yesterday, today was also the day the parents of the missing boy - Kyron Horman, were at the farm selling t-shirts, bracelets and buttons to go towards the search efforts. A local station did a story about it.
Updated October 11th
We will keep updating this item as more stories pour in from pumpkin season.
2nd weekend of pumpkin season for the Roloffs is in the books. The most interesting story we heard was from Sunday -- a near miss at Roloff Farms! Tragedy avoided. Apparently an elderly woman was parking her car near the food area. She accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake and plowed into the fence. Witnesses say she narrowly avoided hitting a couple of families. Those that were close apparently were shaken and frightened by the near miss, but otherwise alright.
Once again, the majority of stories we've heard this weekend have been positive. It was rainy and muddy this weekend, but most telling us they enjoyed themselves.
As Matt mentioned on his Facebook page, They set up something new for Jacob to be more involved with the guests. Basically it's one of the pumpkin signs with a painted pumpkin faces with holes in it that people normally pose with by sticking their head through -- except the contest for people is to try to kick the soccer ball into the openings. One of the people we heard from whose daughter tried it out said Jacob seemed to be having fun.
Some people were reporting Sunday that Jeremy was their tour guide. Others said Zach drove their tractor.
One of the trends we're noticing in the reports are that pretty girls are saying that Jeremy was flirting with them and they were quite pleased about it. One visitor told us that when there was a pretty girl around it's actually Jeremy that approaches and says "Hi, what's your name? I'm Jeremy".
One guy we heard from said "The prices suck", but he seems to be in the minority as most seemed to have a good time.
Original item posted October 4th
It's another season of Roloff Farm pumpkin season! We will attempt to keep this article going and add to it so people can comment if they wish, much like we do with the item about Matt's Fan Facebook page.
Opening weekend of Pumpkin Season is over and reviews and reports are coming in. All reports that we have heard thus far have been extremely positive. Pretty much everyone who visits and has wrote about it on the internet or sent us a note about it have said they had a great time at Roloff Farms. Most people we're hearing from are families with young children.
Some visitors that have been coming for years and years do report that they feel the farm has lost some of the charm it used to have because now it's structured to handle thousands upon thousands of people.
Others that have been there in the past are pleased to mention that they have some new attractions.
They added a hay pyramid. More animals to the petting zoo, including a baby lion and a baby tiger that play with each other. There are blow up play centers for kids and a slide.
Here is a good article about the attractions and the Roloff Farm experience this year:
Here is video of the baby lion and tiger:
One thing that we're hearing that viewers might be surprised to hear is about Matt's assistant Caryn. Viewers watching Little People, Big World, generally have been rather negative about Caryn as she is portrayed on the show. "Kate Gosselin-esque" is a description some viewers have used. However, the visitors to the farm this year (at least the ones more familiar with the Roloffs that know who Caryn is) have told us they've been very impressed with Caryn, going out of their way to compliment her in saying how nice she was and made sure they had the most enjoyable experience possible.
As always seeing the family is the highlight for most visitors and who you see always varies. Most people so far are saying they saw three or four Roloffs. Every Roloff has been spotted and had their pictures taken with people. Some people that missed some Roloffs said they were told Jeremy and Zach were in school, another said Molly was at volleyball, Matt was running errands, Jacob was in the house or Zach was at his job at Indoor Goals (the soccer facility). Some people have got pictures with Jacob, meaning he was out and about. Last year, he spent the majority of the season standing off in the distance at Molly's castle with his friend Levi, waving to the wagon riders as they drive by. Some people won't like this, but hey, we aim to pass along what we're told is the true story -- if you're wondering why that was, we're told the inside story is Jacob finds fans to be annoying so last year the compromise was that he would just stand back in the distance and wave because he didn't want to need to talk to people and pose for pictures. However, on opening weekend, some people did have pictures taken with Jacob, so perhaps that's changing.
As usual, a lot of visitors are very complimentary towards Matt's parents, Ron and Peggy in the western town (especially if they agree with Ron's politics), but overall people comment about how nice they are in the western town. Amy also gets a lot of positive comments about how she interacts with people, especially couples with young children.
More than one person that we've heard from said they went later in the day. They report that was the best time to go because it wasn't busy. One couple reported that they were the only one on the wagon, so they got the private tour on the "mule" with Muel (Jeremy's best friend, Jacob Mueller, is apparently one of the tour guides).
Everyone likes to see pictures, so here is a smattering of pictures that are trickling in:
As you can see in the first picture, Jacob has a brace on the wrist that he fractured a couple of years ago. The kid that posed with Jacob for the picture said he asked Jacob what happened to his wrist; Jacob told him someone stepped on it...
One visitor had a sense of humor in capturing his pictures. A heterosexual man taking a picture of his girlfriend with Jeremy in the background, captioned his picture this way:
"Courtney had a crush on this normal sized son. He has a nice ass. I can't lie."
"Zach hollerin' at one of his women..."