Roba’s Family Farms provides fall fun for students

AQUINAS PHOTO / EMMA BLACK / ROBA’S FAMILY Farms, located in North Abington Township, is a popular student attraction during the fall season from mid-September through Halloween. The farm’s attractions  include corn mazes, pig races, hayrides, pony rides, tetherball, pumpkin patches and more.

AQUINAS PHOTO / EMMA BLACK / ROBA’S FAMILY Farms, located in North Abington Township, is a popular student attraction during the fall season from mid-September through Halloween. The farm’s attractions include corn mazes, pig races, hayrides, pony rides, tetherball, pumpkin patches and more.

Published: November 6, 2015

CATHERINE BOMBARD
Campus Comment Editor

Throughout the fall season, a popular excursion among University students is taking a trip to Roba’s Family Farms in North Abington Township.

From mid-September until Halloween (The Harvest Festival), this charming farm gives local Pennsylvanians and visitors from all over an enjoyable place to participate in numerous autumn activities and attractions. Roba’s is the home to annual corn mazes, pig races, hayrides, pony rides, tetherball, pumpkin patches and much more.

It is no surprise that University students place Roba’s close to the top of their fall to-do lists.
In fact, being aware of the farm’s popularity, The Commuter Student Association sponsored a trip to Roba’s open to all University students on Oct. 24.

The CSA sold tickets at a discounted rate and even included transportation. However, if students were unable to make the school trip on the 24th, they could still use their purchased tickets for access to Roba’s on any day in October.

Sophomore Siena Cardamone, an active CSA member, thought the trip was a success.

“We had a really great turnout,” Cardamone said. “There’s just so much to do at Roba’s. There was a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a campfire with s’mores. You could feed and pet the animals. Pumpkin cannons, apple cannons, pig races. There was even a big bounce pillow.”

Sophomore Joe Fusco, took a particular interest in one activity during the trip.

“My favorite part of Roba’s was definitely shooting the apple and pumpkin cannon,” Fusco said. The Harvest Festival not only offers activities for its visitors, but also a multitude of options for some classic fall snacks and refreshments: apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, hot chocolate and candy corn just to name a few.

“It was cold but I stuck it out, with the help of some delicious apple cider of course,” sophomore Emily Calderone said. “Roba’s is a lot of fun. Feeding the animals was cool, but my favorite part was the corn maze.” Roba’s Family Farms is undoubtedly the perfect Northeastern Pennsylvania destination for family and friends to make cherishing fall memories. Despite the food, attractions and activities, sophomore Courtney Sobotka truly loved just spending quality time with her friends amidst the loveliness of autumn.

“This was my first year going to Roba’s. My friends and I took the nicest pictures in the pumpkin patch which captured the gorgeous fall colors. The hayride was great too. I can’t wait for next year.” Unfortunately, Roba’s Harvest Festival has come to a close. But the fun does not end there; it will be opening again following Thanksgiving if you or anyone you know is in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

Contact the writer: catherine.bombard@scranton.edu

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