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Over the years, a trip to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch has become a tradition for many families. As we head into our 30th year of operation, we are proud to welcome a second generation of parents who remember visiting Vala’s when they were children. As thousands of eager guests flood Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in the fall, it’s hard to believe it all started as a small business with a simple vision of creating a family-friendly, farm experience.
Vala’s Pumpkin Patch founder, owner, visionary and farmer, Tim Vala, grew up as a city boy in Omaha, Nebraska. After earning a B.A. Degree in Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and having trouble finding a full-time job in the school systems, he had the wild idea that he could become a farmer. Luckily, he came upon some land he could buy a little at a time, and then he bought a tractor that he didn’t know how to drive home, and he planted fruits and vegetables he didn’t know how to grow. But research, self-education and perseverance helped him succeed. Today, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch has grown into a 212-acre operation with nearly 55 acres of pumpkins planted every year.
As the business was growing, every member of the Vala family contributed, providing both special skills and cheap labor. Jan Vala, also a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, worked for many years as a school psychologist in the Omaha Public Schools. At Vala’s, she took on the crucial business roles of marketer, merchandise manager, personnel manager and accountant. Today she works full time for Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, and is known to always remember each of the 600+ employees’ names.
Tim and Jan’s three daughters, Kirsten, Kyla and Kelsey, were always happy to help however they could. Growing up, they spent most of their summers pricing merchandise and toiling on the farm, while they became loyal, hard-working employees every fall. During the 2014 season, all three of the Vala daughters, now grown, will be on hand to help manage the farm operations.
Even as Vala’s Pumpkin Patch has grown, traces of family commitment still linger. This year, trees have been planted in memory of Tim and Jan’s always-supportive and encouraging parents who have passed away: Lois Vala, Ernie Vala and Hazel Smith. Each of the Vala daughters has their favorite food location named after them, Kirsten’s Coffee House, Kyla’s Ice Cream Shop (she actually makes the ice cream!), and Kelsey’s Sweet Shop. And the 600+ “Pumpkin Pickin’ Experts” who make Vala’s possible each fall feel like family for a short time.
Every year we look forward to one whirl-wind month when guests visit Vala’s Pumpkin Patch to experience a spectacular Fall Festival. People love the caramel apples, the hayrack rides, and the Pigtucky Derby Pig Races. But we hope it’s the magical memories and treasured traditions that keep them coming back. We take great pride in our role as a wholesome family entertainment destination and we plan to continue growing and improving year after year.
5 Ways to Buy Your Tickets
SAVE $1.00 ON OUR OCTOBER WEEKEND PRICE BY BUYING ONLINE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS. Get convenient and fast admission to Vala's Pumpkin Patch. A General Admission ticket is for a one-day visit to Vala's Pumpkin Patch with over 50 attractions and 3 live shows. Receive your tickets by e-mail and we will scan them at the gate. Tickets bought online are $16.99 (+ tax) for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and $11.25 (+ sales tax) for Mondays through Thursdays.
ONLINE SEASON PASS. If you plan to visit Vala's Pumpkin Patch multiple times this season consider a season pass for $37.89 (+ tax) per person. You must be able to show your picture ID each time you visit Vala's Pumpkin Patch. For a family season pass at least 1 adult, age 16 or older, must be included. Any student, age 13 and over, may purchase an Individual Season Pass if they have a school picture ID. Children younger than 13 do not need a picture ID but must have an adult on the pass with them. Ages 2 and under are free. Only those persons listed on the pass may use it for admission to Vala's Pumpkin Patch.
AT SUPERMARKETS. You may purchase General Admission tickets to Vala's at any Family Fare Supermarket, No Frills Supermarket or Bag 'N Save Store in the greater Omaha area. These "SUPERPASSES" are $17.99 each (plus tax) and contain a coupon for $2.50 off a pumpkin and a "Vala Buck" for $1.00 off any paid activity, food item, or merchandise. Total value of the SUPERPASS is $21.49! For a listing of store locations, go to http://nofrillssupermarkets.com/store-location.
AT THE DOOR. You can always purchase your Vala's tickets or Season Pass when you arrive at one of the front cashiers at the Admissions Barn. We take cash, VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.
WILL-CALL TICKETS. For your event or party, we can hold tickets for you at the Admissions Barn window or we can mail out your tickets within 7-10 business days. To order with a credit card, call our reservation office at 402-332-4200. These tickets are valid for the 2016 fall season.