Wires are hung and hammers and drills are busy as Colusa County Fair CEO Jonathan Howard and his crew gain momentum preparing for the Fairground’s fall events: Pumpkin Village, Haunted Paint Ball Hayride, and the Community Haunted House.
Like the adage “it takes a village to raise a child,” Howard says it also takes a village to build a village.
“We continue to expand and add new things,” said Howard. “We are lucky to have such a great staff and countless volunteers, but there is always room for more helping hands.”
The Haunted Paintball Hayride is even bigger this year with the addition of more special effects areas for ghoul, goblin, and zombie hunters to enjoy.
“We are all getting into this now,” said Howard, taking a break from helping fairgrounds maintenance person Doyle Shippelhoute set wires for the floating apparitions that will appear along the hayride route.
“Doyle is a genius when it comes to creating things we need,” said Howard. “I tell him what we want, and he figures out a way to build it and make it work.” .
“This all started last year when we hosted our first annual Pumpkin Village,” said Howard. “Like most things here at Colusa County Fairgrounds, Pumpkin Village took on a life of its own, and we were all inspired to make it better and better and to add to our events.” This year’s Village has grown to include the Spookley Hay Maze, the paintball shooting gallery, a stage featuring a 3D pumpkin carver and local talent, and a pedal car raceway.
There is a new tomato-shaped barrel ride sponsored by Morning Star, and of course, the hay pyramid and the corn kernel sand box are coming back. And the event will remain free admission and free parking. And like last year, many of the attractions are free, but some come with nominal fees.
The Haunted Paintball Hayride is bigger this year and has more of a challenging hunting field for paintball shooters. The specially equipped paintball wagons will take riders on a 20-25 minute ride through the shadow regions of the fairgrounds. “You just don’t know what to expect out there,” said Howard.
New this year is the Community Haunted House. The House is open to individuals, businesses, and groups to host a haunted room at no entry fee. Once the house is closed for the season and public votes are tallied, the entry with the most votes will be awarded $1,000.
“It’s a win-win,” said Howard. “The community gets a great Halloween event to attend, and the entrants could win a thousand bucks,” he said.
Since becoming the Fair, CEO Howard has tried to build the facility and to bring more events to the community. “We have a great venue here at the fairgrounds and myself and the fair board want to see it used to promote community events,” he said.
There is still time to become involved. For more information, contact the Colusa County Fair Office at (530) 458-2641.
Haunted Paintball Hayride: Sept. 30, and every Friday and Saturday through October. Haunted House: Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29, 30, and 31. Pumpkin Village: Oct. 15-16, open to the public and Oct. 17-21, all schools invited.