Colusa Pumpkin Village growing as volunteers step up

 Photo:  Volunteer Pam Niehues of Colusa works on striping for Colusa Pumpkin Village  "candy corn" booths.
Photo: Volunteer Pam Niehues of Colusa works on striping for Colusa Pumpkin Village “candy corn” booths.

Colusa Fairgrounds CEO Jonathan Howard said he is in awe of the number of people stepping up to help with the first annual Pumpkin Village.

“Our community is showing a lot of pride in this event and volunteers are doing everything possible to make it happen,” he said.

Pam Niehues, a now retired 35-year veteran daycare provider said she is helping because it’s about the kids. “We are doing our very best to make this an old fashion, country focused event that isn’t too commercial,” she said.

Niehues has been busy for weeks painting all of the ticket booths to look like candy corn, and collecting recyclable materials for the recyclable scare crow project for the kids.

She was also instrumental in recruiting Antoinette Stueve and her Pumpkin Patch on Wheels from the Marysville area to bring her petting zoo, hay wagon for rides, hay maze, and pony rides to the event.

“We are still collecting recyclable items for the scare crow projects,” Niehues said adding that items could be dropped at the fair office.

Children visiting Pumpkin Village will be able to attach one item to the wooden scarecrow figures and a collective effort will create the scarecrows.

So far about 1,500 students and daycare children are expected to attend the student days of the event Oct. 21-23.  The weekend days Oct. 24 and 25 are for the public.

“This event has taken on a life of its own,” said Howard. “I am so pleased with the response it is receiving from our community,” he said.

In addition to volunteers- monetary donations and donations of prizes are welcome, as well as apples and mini pumpkins for the pumpkin slingshot or corn cobs for the corn canon.

If you  would like to be a part of the effort, Howard encourages you to call him at (530) 458-2641 ext 103.

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