Colony Acres Family Farm is a winner in the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Pumpkin Patch. 

Everyone at the farm, including Katie Colony, third generation family farmer, is excited to be named to the list. 

“At Colony Acres we take pride in being family and community oriented. We want friends and families to come to our space and make memories that last forever!” The farming tradition dates back 97 years.

The top ten winners in the USA TODAY pumpkin patch category include: 

  1. Treworgy Family Orchards
  2. Devine’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
  3. Pumpkin Junction – Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
  4. Baugher’s Orchards and Farm
  5. Huber’s Orchard and Winery
  6. Kelder’s Farm
  7. Colony Acres Family Farm 
  8. Hank’s PumpkinTown
  9. Collegeville Orchards
  10. Swans Trail Farms


“Our visitors love how inclusive our farm is. There is something to do for everyone in your family!” Katie says. 

Colony Acres has so much to experience, with the addition of a retail barn and food areas. 

Katie says, “You can play out on our bounce pad, take a tractor ride out to our pumpkin patch, or take a stroll through our corn maze. In the barn you can browse our retail space that is filled with many local goods, check out our bakery full of fresh donuts and homemade pumpkin bread, or grab a beer and enjoy it on our patio! There’s something to satisfy everyone.” 

Visitors can also munch on personal pizzas while they enjoy hours of fun on the farm! 

Harvested pumpkins, mums, corn stalks, and hay bales will be available to purchase out front, Katie points out, so grab them before you leave or stop in on your way home! 

This is how the 10Best Reader’s Choice awards describes No. 7: Colony Acres Family Farm in North Liberty, Iowa: 

“From mid-September through October, Colony Acres Family Farm welcomes you to wander its pumpkin patch until you find just the right one. 

In addition, you can enjoy a variety of fall activities, such as wending your way through a corn maze.” 

Katie says there’s plenty to do on the farm, “Other activities include our giant slide, barrel train, giant games, and grain wagon basketball!” 

An expert panel made the nominations for the Readers’ Choice Awards. The public voted to honor the 10 pumpkin patches. 

The pumpkin patch and all the other fun activities are open through Oct. 31. Tickets are available online at Group discounts are also available. The farm is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am-8 pm. 

About USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest launches new categories every other Monday at noon, revealing each category’s 20 nominees. After 4 weeks of voting, the contest closes on the 28th day at noon. On the Friday after voting ends, winners are revealed. Rules allow the public the right to vote online for one nominee per category, per day. 

Nominees are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the website.