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07 Oct, 2014

Ottawa giveaway alert: tickets to Saunders Farm!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

Thanks for your entries everyone. We have a winner!

We’re huge fans of Saunders Farm here at Casa Fishbowl. Saunders is a Fishbowl patron, and we’ve visited in the summer and the fall … we’ve made so many fun memories there. We have our favourite attractions – the jumping pillows, the mazes, and of course the haunted hayride – but we also like how there’s something new to be experienced at Saunders every year.

I was looking through our photo library and I realized we must have a thousand photos from Saunders Farm. We’ve been going since the girls were very small. It’s hard to narrow it down to a single favourite (besides, I’ve posted many of them over the years!) but this one is definitely in my top ten.

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Lost in the maze at Saunders Farm

This is our eldest. She’s always loved the different mazes. I love this photo because it really sums up what it’s all about here: happy kids exploring fun stuff outside. And this makes me happy, not just as a parent, but as a grown up kid. :)

I like how there’s two sides of Saunders: the daytime fall fun side, and the scare-your-pants-off nighttime side. We’re not quite at the nighttime stage yet, but we are getting close. This year Saunders has expanded their night-time offerings and made it especially frightening with FIVE different fright sites to visit: the Barn of Terror, Camp Slaughter, the Shambles, Haunted Hayride, and the Graveyard Zone. You can read more about them right here (and check out their chainsaw ratings as well). :)

Here’s the good news: I have four passes to give away!

Interested? Read on:

  • This giveaway is for four one-day admissions that will be given to one lucky winner. They can be used either for day or for night. In order for your entry to qualify, just tell me which time of day you’d use them for – daytime fun or or nighttime scares  – and a bit about something you don’t want to miss at Saunders Farm this year.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • I will draw the winning name using Random.org at noon EST on October 14, 2014. I’ll contact the winners via email at that time and post the name here as well.

That’s it! Over to you. Good luck!

50 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: tickets to Saunders Farm!"

1 | Tracy

October 7th, 2014 at 10:36 pm


I would use it with my girlfriends during the nighttime scare…a girl needs her besties and what a great time would we have

2 | Lorrie Douthwright

October 7th, 2014 at 10:45 pm


I think we need a good night time scare! I’d love to take my niece and her new husband along.

3 | Evelyn

October 7th, 2014 at 11:43 pm


We would use it for daytime fun! I love to see my kids run around and squeal with delight when they have found the exits to all the different mazes.

4 | Amanda

October 8th, 2014 at 6:21 am


We’d use it for daytime fun for sure! Kids are too young for the scaring at night

5 | Katie

October 8th, 2014 at 10:21 am


I think I would bring my older ones for nighttime scare.

6 | Valerie

October 8th, 2014 at 10:43 am


I love the mazes, too – are they lit at night? We’re not ready for the night, though, anyway.

7 | Wynne

October 8th, 2014 at 11:06 am


Daytime fun for us & our little ones! The jumping pillows look like fun!

8 | Kimberly

October 8th, 2014 at 11:18 am


My husband and I would take our 19 month old son for some daytime fun. We’d love to try out the jumping pillows.

9 | Karen

October 8th, 2014 at 11:35 am


We would enjoy some daytime fun in the mazes. The adventure of them even gets my endorphins going!

10 | sam

October 8th, 2014 at 11:55 am


I would love the fright fest night time tickets. My family is too big (5 kids) and it is too expensive to buy all the tickets. These four would help and its my sisters birthday the week of Halloween so this would be a nice surprise! I don’t wanna miss the new attraction shambles this year.

11 | Jesse

October 8th, 2014 at 11:56 am


We’ve never been, but would love a daytime visit. Those jumping pillows look fabulous!

12 | pinky

October 8th, 2014 at 11:59 am


the night time passes please! i really wanna see the shows this year. i know that there is a new parody show of the hunger games that my daughters have been talking about.

13 | natalie

October 8th, 2014 at 12:04 pm


Admission for the night scare sounds cool! I have only ever went during the day a while back with my son who is now old enough for the nightscares! we really enjoy the wagon ride and would love to see it at night!

14 | vicki

October 8th, 2014 at 12:26 pm


Never been there but heard the night time Is the best. I don’t want to miss the good food. My friend told me that they make the best soups and fudge. Yum!

15 | Farm Buoy

October 8th, 2014 at 1:08 pm


We would use them during the day. The kids have been with school (and loved it), now I want to see it.

16 | Alicia

October 8th, 2014 at 1:41 pm


We would go during the day with our young crew. My boys will love the mazes!

17 | Laura

October 8th, 2014 at 1:52 pm


Probably not fair, but both?
One kid ready for scares, one kid not so much.
Not to mention, one adult ready for scares, the other one not so much.

18 | Misty Pratt

October 8th, 2014 at 1:52 pm


Daytime fun for the mazes…nighttime wouldn’t go over well with a 2 and 5yo :)

19 | Lisa

October 8th, 2014 at 2:09 pm


We’d use them for daytime fun on the jumping pillows!

20 | Rebecca

October 8th, 2014 at 2:27 pm


Daytime for sure. I’d have to peel them off me if we went at night!

21 | Ayla

October 8th, 2014 at 3:06 pm


I used to go to Saunders every year for halloween with a group of friends – we’d have such a blast! I’ve love to go out and see night-time Saunders again with my gf. :)

22 | melissa fowers

October 8th, 2014 at 3:27 pm


Fall fun for sure with my little ones who are 5 and 2! The night is just to scary for us… all of us haha

23 | Carolyn

October 8th, 2014 at 3:49 pm


We’d use it for daytime fun – we’ve yet to visit and have always wanted to but a family of 6 becomes very expensive. Winning would be a huge bonus right before Hallowe’en.

24 | Heather Thom

October 8th, 2014 at 4:29 pm


Fall fun during the day. Saunders is super fun. My kids smiling faces after they jump from the hay barn is priceless.

25 | KL

October 8th, 2014 at 4:52 pm


Daytime still not ready for a night fright just yet. Jumping pillows!!

26 | Mel

October 8th, 2014 at 7:45 pm


We’d be using the passes in the daytime as the munchkins are far too young for the nighttime scariness. Plus, we’ve never actually visited Saunders Farm, so this would be a great chance to check it out.

27 | Tanya

October 8th, 2014 at 9:57 pm


The older kids would love to go at night but our 2 year old is loving all things pumpkin and Halloween so we’d take her during the day. What wouldn’t I want to miss? The 2year old dressed in her pumpkin pjs enjoying the puppet sho, the slide, the pedal cars and the pumpkin pillows *those look so fun!*

28 | Mel

October 9th, 2014 at 8:37 am


We would have to go during the day — I don’t think my kids would enjoy the nighttime stuff just yet. Thanks for the chance!

29 | tobi

October 9th, 2014 at 12:10 pm


Day! My son has been with his school and I’d love to have him show the family around.

30 | Michelle

October 9th, 2014 at 5:37 pm


My girls have told me they are ready for the Barn of Terror this year, after many failed attempts last year. (We even joined a birthday party on the non-scary tour!) Saunders Farm is really the start of the Halloween season for us!

31 | suze

October 9th, 2014 at 6:44 pm


daytime fun definitely!
I haven’t been in years, and never during the day

32 | Sarah

October 9th, 2014 at 10:06 pm


Daytime fun – we’ve been trying to go the past couple of years! It’s time :)

33 | Elnaz S

October 10th, 2014 at 12:02 am


I went to Saunders Farm for the first time last year and absolutely loved it! I’d go at night – can’t miss the haunted hayride, so much fun! :D

34 | Jacquie P

October 10th, 2014 at 10:45 am


Daytime definitely! I scare way too easily!

35 | Kristen

October 10th, 2014 at 12:34 pm


We would love to have the tickets to visit the mazes (my favourite). My daughter missed her PD day trip there this year as she was sick.

36 | Kristen

October 10th, 2014 at 12:35 pm


Oh and I forgot to say daytime please!

37 | Stephanie

October 10th, 2014 at 3:57 pm


Daytime fun! Want to do the daytime haunted hayride with my daughter.

38 | Joy M.

October 11th, 2014 at 2:59 pm


daytime fun please – have never been to Saunders at Halloween, and my daughter wants to go with a friend this year!

39 | Katie

October 11th, 2014 at 9:33 pm


Daytime passes for fall time family fun.

40 | Jane

October 11th, 2014 at 10:57 pm


I’d use the passes for the nighttime scares as I’ve never been and would love to experience all the scary things. The barn of terror sounds pretty good. :)

41 | Cat

October 13th, 2014 at 7:38 pm


Daytime for us! This place is so
Close to us and we didnt have a chance to go last year so this year we are going!

42 | Connie Paris

October 13th, 2014 at 8:04 pm


We’ve never been! A daytime pass would be sooooooo cool!

43 | Tanya

October 14th, 2014 at 10:14 am


I would definitely like to try the nighttime scares! The haunted hayride sounds just about perfect for this time of the year :)

44 | jennifer

October 14th, 2014 at 11:13 am


I would love to take my 3 kids to a daytime fun-day at Saunders Farm. Thank you very much!!!!

45 | Karlis Bouse

October 14th, 2014 at 11:24 am


Hi Andrea,
I would take my kids to the daytime event. I learned (the hard way) that my kids aren’t big on the nighttime frights. :) And I think the kids would love the mazes now that they’re a little older.

46 | penny

October 14th, 2014 at 11:26 am


Day time please. Never been there and it sounds fun

47 | Rebecca

October 14th, 2014 at 11:38 am


Daytime fun! The kiddos aren’t yet ready for the nighttime spooks ;)

48 | andrea tomkins

October 14th, 2014 at 12:17 pm


This contest is closed to new entries! Stay tuned for the winner!

49 | andrea tomkins

October 14th, 2014 at 12:20 pm


We have a winner! It’s commenter #29 – tobi – who wrote:

“Day! My son has been with his school and I’d love to have him show the family around.”

Congratulations tobi! Check your email!
Thanks for all of your entries everyone, and thank you Saunders Farm for hosting this giveaway!

50 | Nichole

October 15th, 2014 at 4:08 pm


Daytime passes would be awesome yo take friends with us. We love going every year… My son loves the haunted ride every year.

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