Despite news of foreclosure, Hunsader Farms presses ahead with festival

Timothy Fanning
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

MANATEE COUNTY – This weekend, head east on State Road 64 until the stores with candy corn and plastic Halloween costumes disappear. Keep going when the road narrows to two lanes and wooden barns dot large open farm land. 

Go beyond the DeSoto Speedway with the revving stock car engines until the road breaks off to Waterbury. There you’ll find the Hunsader family farm and nearly three decades of fall tradition – a fall tradition that appears unspoiled despite a global pandemic and concerns that the beloved Manatee County farm is facing foreclosure. 

The 29th Annual Pumpkin Festival – seen by many locals as the true beginning of fall – will press ahead on Saturday and Sunday and continue every weekend through Oct. 25, according to the farm’s website. The farm’s U-pick fields also appear to be open until June. 

Aside from mask requirements inside

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