2023 MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest 
 Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, 2023
11 am - 5 pm



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Join us for a fun fall harvest festival! 

MSU Tollgate Farm’s entrance on Meadowbrook Road is open and accessible only from 12 Mile Road. Just follow the signs through some road construction on northbound Meadowbrook and you’ll be directed to parking! 

Come, take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkins. Food, music, farm animals, educational exhibits, wagon rides, and children’s activities all make for a fun fall outing on this historic 160 acre farm.   

$5 per person, ages 2 and under free. Wagon rides, music, educational exhibits, children's strawland, story time, and many children's activities are included. Tickets are sold for select activities including fishing, face-painting, pumpkin painting, inflatable archery, target practice, etc. Pumpkins and concessions are sold for cash for credit. Parking is free. 

Pumpkinfest activities:

  • Wagon rides to the pumpkin patch
  • Farm animals
  • Music concerts
  • Harvest story times with local librarians and children's authors
  • Fishing
  • Inflatable archery
  • Target practice booth
  • Pumpkin painting
  • Pumpkin bowling
  • Pumpkinfest trebuchet
  • Children’s Strawland
  • Children's straw maze
  • Horse demos
  • Nature activities
  • Fun farm field games
  • Wacky Water Critters Pond-dipping (Saturday)
  • Tollgate Farm 4-H Club
  • And much more!

 Come Join the Team: Pumpkinfest Volunteer Opportunities 

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Every great event has a team of great people who make it happen. Pumpkinfest has a wonderful team of staff and volunteers who love the Farm and who love to help. There are so many different supporting roles where Tollgate visitors would appreciate your help.

Adults and youth 16 and older, we invite you to consider volunteering in one of the many roles available for this event.

A sample of volunteer positions available:

  • Wagon ride helper
  • Children's strawland
  • Cider press helper
  • Sound board operator
  • Food concessions 
  • Volunteer headquarters hospitality
  • Welcome center 
  • Fishing helper
  • Volunteer musicians

Some of the benefits of volunteering at Pumpkinfest include:

  • Enjoy the volunteer hospitality headquarters 
  • Listen to live music
  • Meet new friends; enjoy old friends
  • Help visitors have fun while learning about agriculture
  • Enjoy a day at the Farm

Be a part of the Tollgate Pumpkinfest Volunteer Team and help make a difference! Pumpkinfest is a fundraiser. Proceeds help support educational programming and help schools and individuals  who might otherwise not be able to attend programs and camps. If you're interested in helping Tollgate's mission through a sponsorship or donation or for media inquiries, email koehle43@msu.edu or call 248-701-9956.