It’s time. The hay bales are stacked, and pumpkins are ripe for the picking. Colusa County Pumpkin Village opens its doors for its two-weekend event starting Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct 22 and returning on Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29.
The admission-free event is open 10 AM to 4 PM through the duration of the event.
“We offer a variety of fun for the whole family,” said Araceli Plaza, Pumpkin Village Coordinator.
Plaza said that many of the events are free as well.
“Come grab a pumpkin, and have a fun-filled day on a family-friendly budget,” said Plaza.
While many events are free, some activities do require tickets.
“Activities such as the pony rides, carnival rides, and the petting zoo will require tickets; but we’re offering a great deal for those wanting to extend their fun,” said Plaza.
For the first weekend of Pumpkin Village, Oct. 21-22, the first 500 children through the gates will receive a free Flashlight courtesy of Les Schwab.
“We want children to be safe this coming Halloween, so we’re handing out flashlights to help kids while trick-or-treating,” said Plaza.
During the second weekend of Pumpkin Village, on Saturday, Oct. 28 if you purchase a Spookley Wristband, you’ll receive one free between the hours of 10 AM and Noon. Spookley wristbands allow unlimited fun for the day, with no additional ticket purchases.
“To sweeten the deal, if you buy a wristband you will get a free pumpkin,” said Plaza. Pumpkins are being sold at $5 each, during the event.
On Sunday, Oct. 29, if you buy one pumpkin, you’ll get one free.
Planned activities include the pumpkin patch, pony rides, hay maze, corn cannon, petting zoo, carnival rides, tomato train, the infamous hay pyramid, a learning center, rubber ducky races, a hayride, and much more.
“It is going to be great two weekends,” said Plaza. “We hope everyone will come check out the fun at Pumpkin Village.”
“We are in desperate need of volunteers to operate the activities during the week with the school field trips,” said Plaza. “We are in desperate need of volunteers to drive tractor for the hayride.”
With Pumpkin Village providing many of its activities at no cost, the event relies heavily on volunteers to make it happen.
Plaza said that anyone wishing to volunteer can give her a call at (530) 458-2641 Ext. 106.
“You can volunteer for a couple of hours, the whole day, or the whole weekend,” said Plaza. “Give me a call.”
Special Visitors at Pumpkin Village
Plaza commented that a special visit from a particular square pumpkin and the return of the Headless Horseman will add to the fun of Pumpkin Village.
“If history repeats itself, the headless horseman could return the week of Pumpkin Village on Monday, Oct. 16.,” said Plaza.
Additionally, the Pumpkin Village is an official ‘spokes-pumpkin’ for National Bullying Prevention and is promoted with help of the cartoon character ‘Spookley the Square Pumpkin’.
“We are proud to be an official Spookley Pumpkin Patch,” said Plaza. “We hope he’ll make a stop and visit the kids.” ■