As the Colusa County Pumpkin Village and the Zombie Paintball Hayride is set to open this week at the Colusa County Fairgrounds – the legend of the Headless Horseman Haunted Downtown Colusa Monday evening.
Standing at nearly 10-feet tall, the Headless Horseman, galloped down market street haunting residents, giving a chilling reminder that Halloween is right around the corner, and the Fall Festivities are soon to begin.
After months of planning and hard work from several volunteers, the Pumpkin Village attraction opens at the Colusa County Fairgrounds this week.
Starting on October 21, the gates will open, welcoming Colusa County students; as the first three days of the event are dedicated to local schools and daycares. Then opening to the public on Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 25, from 10 AM to 4 PM.
“This event has taken months to plan and hundreds of volunteers and area donors to bring it to our community,” said Fairgrounds CEO Jonathan Howard. “It started as a simple pumpkin patch for the kids, but it took on a life of its own and had grown into something pretty spectacular.”
Located in the back lot, along 8th Street and Colus Ave the Colusa County Pumpkin Village is a place of fun for the whole family.
Admission and Parking is Free and families can spend the afternoon participating in various arts and crafts projects, sling some pumpkins across the field, dig in the corn kernel sand box, and take a hayride around the village, or shoot the corn cannon, compete in the rubber ducky race, ride the barrel train, have a blast on a carnival ride or participate in one of the many activities.
Howard said that several of the activities are free; however, some events require tickets that can be purchased at the ticket booths.
Lunch will be available for purchase, prepared by the Colusa Lions Club as well as many other local food vendors providing sweet harvest themed treats.
Be on the search for the great pumpkin and pick out your favorite pumpkin that are available for $5 each.
“We have a lot of community members and businesses to thank for making this as big a deal as it has turned into,” said Howard.
The Colusa County Library will be providing the various books to be read by local community members during story time – held every hour on the hour.
“You can come out, have a hamburger and watch the kids play,” said Howard, “there is something fun for everyone!”
The grand feature is a towering hay bale pyramid where children and adults can let their imagination run wild.
“It’s awesome,” said Howard, “It’s the second tallest structure on the fairgrounds.”
Howard said this is one of those things that have the potential just to grow and grow and get bigger and better with each year.
“A lot of people have worked very hard to make sure this is something great we can do for our kids and families and our community,” he said.
For more information about the Colusa County Pumpkin Village call (530) 458-2641 or visit www.colusacountyfair.com.