It’s time. The hay bales are stacked, the corn maze is cut, and pumpkins are ripe for the picking. Colusa County Pumpkin Village opens its doors for its two-day event starting Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct 16.
“We’ve added so much more this year,” said Jonathan Howard, Colusa County Fair CEO. “There is something for everybody.”
Returning this year is the giant hay pyramid, thanks to the generous help of Shadinger Straw and Mark and Sandy Ottenwalter. In addition to the 24 foot tall pyramid, two 20-foot pipe slides have been added.
“The kids are going to love this!” said Howard.
Also returning are the pony rides, petting zoo, rubber duck races, the corn cannon, the ever popular corn sandbox, and face painting by Terry Stephens.
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“We were surprised last year when one of the biggest attractions turned out to be the corn kernel-filled sandbox,” said Howard. “This year, Western Milling donated the corn kernels. Terry Stephens is being sponsored by Central Valley Gas Storage.”
New this year is the Pumpkin Vine Raceway, sponsored by Redding Oil & Superior Tire Service, which features peddle kart racers in various sizes to fit the whole family.
“We also have these new, awesome, tomato-shaped train cars sponsored by Morning Star,” said Howard.
Additionally, kids will have fun climbing and climbing through tires, and getting caught in the giant spider web.
“We’ve added to the adventure this year with a giant spider web made of rope,” said Howard. “We wanted to add the web for the kids, and when Colusa County Farm Supply and T&P Farms Hulling and Shelling heard about it, they stepped up to make sure it was here.”
The Colusa County Pumpkin Village is an official pumpkin patch of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Supporting national anti-bullying week, Spookley tells the story of a square pumpkin who lives in a pumpkin patch with a crop of round pumpkins. His appearance leads to him being bullied by the other vegetables because he is a different shape. Spookley goes on to save the day and becomes friends with the other pumpkins.
Spookley will make a special appearance and children can explore through the Spookley Hay Maze.
Paulo Machado, a master in the art of 3D pumpkin carving, will be at the Colusa County Pumpkin Village to demonstrate this intricate skill of carving life-like, 3D images from pumpkins. “This isn’t your typical jack-o-lantern,” said Colusa County Fair CEO Jonathan Howard.
Machado commented that carving 3D pumpkins can be fun, exciting, and rewarding.
“When I say rewarding, I mean when I carve 3D pumpkins, I feel relaxed and at home in my own world I’ve created in my mind where I go to get my inspiration,” he said.
“Machado’s work is amazing,” said Howard. “We are looking forward to having him share his talent with us.”
“With all the fun and activities this year, you may want to take a relaxing hayride to the corn maze,” said Howard.
Lastly there will be a ferris wheel, carousel, a giant slide, a paintball gallery, retail booths, a country store, food vendors, and much more. Don’t forget to stop by the learning center or take a break during story time.
Pumpkin Village wouldn’t be Pumpkin Village without pumpkins! And for $5, you can pick out your favorite pumpkin.
“The pumpkins were graciously grown and donated by the Etchepare Family,” said Howard. “Sunsweet provided the trailers to haul the pumpkins to the fairgrounds”
Many attractions from last year are returning in addition to many new attractions. Howard added that this has been a real community effort, and he is looking forward to another great year.
The Colusa County Pumpkin Village will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Colusa County Fairgrounds. There is no admission fee or parking fees. And like last year, many of the attractions are free, but some come with nominal charge. ■