Pumpkinflation! Gilcrease Orchard To Charge For Entry
The apple cider may not taste as sweet this year. The apple cider donuts, a bit stale. Going to Gilcrease Orchard is about to become more expensive as they have announced they will be charging to enter the orchard this season.
Yes, no longer will you be able to take the family to peruse around the orchard for free before your inevitable purchase of something delicious.
How is Gilcrease Orchard charging going to work?
The orchard announced that on weekends – Saturdays and Sundays specifically – they will now charge $5 for entry. Not just entry, but timed entry, which means you’ll have to get passes in advance. Tickets are non-refundable, and you can’t reschedule your ticket if it is within 48 hours. So your sick kid will have to grin and bear it.
Tickets include entrance, the hay wagon ride, live music, the hay and corn maze and more. Of course tickets won’t include the cost of the pumpkins ($0.75 a pound compared to Albertson’s $0.59 a pound) or the donuts, cider and the like.
Plus, now you’ll have to sign a waiver. You’ll have to “indemnify Gilcrease Orchard against any and all claims, actions, lawsuits, damages and judgments including attorneys’ fees, arising out of or related to your visit to Gilcrease Orchard.” Essentially they are saying if you get hurt there, you can’t sue them. Of course you can, especially if it is negligence. Chances are they’ve been sued before.
So is there no way to visit Gilcrease Orchard for free anymore?
If you’re free during the weekdays, you’ll have a better go of it. For those looking to save a buck, the orchard is also open Tuesdays and Thursdays. So if you’ve got kids that aren’t in school yet, you’ve got a chance at less cost (and probably less traffic too). Thankfully there are other options if you’re not in the northwest valley.