Volunteers needed for Pumpkin Village

The Colusa County Fairground’s Pumpkin Village Oct. 27-28 has been shortened this year to one weekend instead of two, but it promises to be jammed packed with new activities, returning favorites, and a Saturday evening event for the whole family, fair officials said.
Pumpkin Village is open to the public with free admission, said Colusa County Fair CEO Laura Ford, and will include a first ever costume contest for youth, pets, and adults.

“We have new extended hours for Saturday (Oct. 27) that will include live music, cornhole, food vendors, and adult drinks,” Ford said.

Pumpkin Village is an annual event at the fairgrounds that includes activities like the pumpkin patch, pony rides, hay maze, corn cannon, petting zoo, tomato train, carnival rides, hay rides, pumpkin bowling, and monster ball toss, among other things.

Although admission is free, a number of specific activities can only be enjoyed either by purchasing individual tickets or by purchasing a “Spookley Wristband” that allows unlimited access. Pre-sale wristbands are available at the Fairgrounds Office through Oct. 19 for $20.
Ford said the Colusa County Fairgrounds is only able to host the event, now in its third year, because of the dedication and commitment of sponsors and volunteers.

“Emerald Farms will once again provide the pumpkins,” Ford said,” but we are going to need a lot of volunteers.”

Prior to the public events, which will be held from 10 AM to 9 PM on Saturday, Oct. 27, and from 10 AM to 4 PM, on Sunday, Oct. 28, Pumpkin Village will open its gates during the day Oct. 22-25 only to Colusa County elementary schools, whose transitional kindergartners through third grade students will have unlimited access to the activities, and will each get to pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

“We will need more volunteers throughout the School Days, as last year we had as many as 1,000 kids at Pumpkin Village,” said Araceli Plaza, a fairgrounds staff member.

Volunteers are needed and can work in shifts from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM during the weekday events; from 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM on Oct. 27, and from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Oct. 28.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Plaza at the Fairgrounds Office, 458-2641 ext. 106, or araceli@colusacountyfair.com.

You can also contact Plaza to pre-register for the costume contest, or register from 4-6 PM prior to the contest at the Pumpkin Village Country Store.

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in each category. Pets must have current rabies vaccination and be wearing their I.D. tags to enter.