For the past four years the Colusa County Fairgrounds hosted Pumpkin Village, with much success. However, the event could be set for the guillotine if lack of attendance plagues the spooky grounds.
“We are ultimately here for the educational experience of the schools,” said Colusa County Fair CEO, Laura Ford. “But if we don’t have the support of the community, the fairgrounds can no longer take on the financial responsibility [of Pumpkin Village].
The event holds an opportunity for schools to participate in Pumpkin Village, and two days that are open to the public.
This year, Pumpkin Village is set to open to the public on Sunday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 26.
“We want the community to come out and enjoy Pumpkin Village,” said Ford. “We have lots of family friendly activities that provide a great educational experience.”
Pumpkin village not only provides a pumpkin patch full of the best pumpkins for carving, it also includes a hay maze, corn cannon, petting zoo, tomato train, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, a monster ball toss, pony rides, and much more.
There is no cost to park or enter Pumpkin Village, however, each activity has an associated cost, unless you purchase the Spookly Wristband for unlimited activities for $15. Pre-sale wristbands can be purchased at the Colusa Fairgrounds office, 1303 10th Street, in Colusa. Wristbands will be $20 at the gate. The Spookly wristband does not include pony rides, due to vendor restrictions.
“This year, we’ve lowered prices to attract more people and to keep the event affordable,” Ford said.
New this year, the Pumpkin Village After-Hours event will follow the festive event from 6-9 PM, on Saturday, Oct. 26. After-Hours will include a cornhole tournament, adult beverages, music, food vendors and a costume contest for adults, children and pets. There will be no access to Pumpkin Village during the after-hours event due to nighttime safety concerns.
“We’re excited to include the After-Hours event to follow Pumpkin Village,” said Pumpkin Village Coordinator, Araceli Plaza. “It should be fun for the whole family.”
Needing the community to attend the event is one challenge; needing the community to volunteer is another.
“We need volunteers to help out at the event,” said Plaza. “We have many shifts and tasks available. We will work with your abilities, and you don’t need to commit to an entire day.”
Plaza said that volunteers are needed for both the public and private school events.
If you would like to become a volunteer or assist with Pumpkin Village or the Pumpkin Village After-Hours event, contact Plaza at (530) 458-2641 or stop by the Colusa County Fairgrounds office, 1303 10th Street, in Colusa. ■