Annual Pumpkin Festival slated at Shepherd’s Cross

Shepherd's Cross, located at 16752 E 450 Rd., is holding their annual Pumpkin Festival. The gates are open from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, through November 7th.

Tom VanHooser

Were the Great Pumpkin to still be looking for the “pumpkin patch he thinks is the most sincere,” he need look no further than Shepherd’s Cross.

Shepherd’s Cross’s annual Pumpkin Festival begins later this month, north of Claremore, bringing back its yearly fall-themed family-friendly fun and events — and pumpkins.

“We’re still putting some of the finishing touches on things, but we’ll be ready — it’s going to be another great festival — we’re really expecting a good year,” said Dr. Diane Dickinson, Shepherd’s Cross owner. “We’re bringing back most of the fall favorites and even extending our hours this year to allow visitors even more time to come, enjoy themselves, tour the farm, and pick out a pumpkin — or pumpkins — that’s just right for them.”

Shepherd’s Cross Pumpkin Festival is the working farm’s annual fall harvest celebration, free to visit, park and enjoy the sights and sounds of a working farm.

Donation-based activities slated for this year’s pumpkin festival include the pumpkin patch, the farm animal barn (with a petting zoo area), farm museum and games, a pumpkin stroll, a hay maze, the educational silo, fall games, such as the pumpkin toss, corn cob bowling, the “Farmer in the Armor of God,” pumpkin pitch, find the pumpkin, corn cob arrows, and more, Story Time with Percy the Perfect Pumpkin, the Bible Garden, a picnic area, and more.

Shepherd's Shop, a Fair Trade store, featuring unique hand made & farm produced products made in Oklahoma will be open during Pumpkin Festival hours.

Other activities include a wagon ride, outdoor scarecrow making, and pumpkin picking (each of which requires a nominal fee).

“As always, all the proceeds we make from the Pumpkin Festival go to local and international missions,” Dr. Dickinson said.

Shepherd’s Cross is a working farm, located north of Claremore at 16792 E. 450 Road (go north from Claremore on SH66, then 2.5 miles east on Akin Road.

Shepherd’s Cross’s Pumpkin Festival is sponsored by Heart of the Shepherd, a non-profit organization that teaches and assists local and international organizations, with a special focus on rural impoverished communities and agricultural training.  

Shepherd’s Cross Pumpkin Festival begins Tuesday, Sept. 26 and continues through Saturday, Nov. 4. Pumpkin Festival Hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and Mondays by appointment.

For more information, contact Shepherd’s Cross at