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All Things Pumpkin

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Oct 03, 2014
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Now that October is here, and it’s officially fall it's time to pay a little praise to the icon of the season - the Pumpkin. This week's post has a particularly poignant pumpkin push. Everything in the post is related to the pumpkin in some way. Be it either the fall oranges and yellows of the mountains, or activities that incorporate this plump gourd, everything is about the pumpkin! 

Now is the perfect time to put on a light jacket and get out to see the pumpkin pride of Heber Valley.

Pick your own Pumpkin -

Start of this fall by picking your own pumpkin at the Wallsburg Pumpkin Patch. How can you get more into the fall spirit than strolling through a pumpkin patch with kids in to searching for that perfect jack-o-latern canvas? Starting October 1 the pumpkin patch will be open weekdays 4:30-dusk, Saturdays 10am-dusk until the pumpkins are all gone. Pumpkins are only $5, any size. Cash only. The address is 2180 W Main Canyon Road in Wallksburg, just under a mile from the Wallsburg turn. Come early before they freeze.

Pumpkin inspired drinks and goodies –

After picking your perfectly plump pumpkin, it’s time to partake in some warm pumpkin inspired pick-me-ups. (say that ten times fast!) Make your way over to Kneaders or Kolaches to try a pumpkin latte, steamer or hot cocoa. Better yet, before you go prancing through the pumpkin patch stop by Kneaders or Kolaches for a hot drink to keep you warm. While you’re there you might as well get a pastry or kolache or two.

Take a Fall drive

Before long the leaves are going to start dropping faster than your ten year old can rake them up, so before that happens take a scenic drive through the valley or up the mountains to see the fall colors. Some of my favorites are the Mirror Lake Highway, or the mountains west of Jorndanelle in the Deer Crest area, or take the back road to Park City up Guardsman Pass, and finally the drive to Strawberry Reservoir is a must this time of year. Now this idea may not be so much to do with pumpkins, but it's still a great fall activity to see our mountains turn a pumpkin orange. Get up into the mountains and bring a camera! 

The Pumpkin in action 

  • Heber Valley RR Pumpkin Festival -The annual family Pumpkin Festival at the Heber Valley Railroad begins Thursday October 9.  Enjoy a short 40 minute train ride with costumed characters, singing, and a pumpkin cookie on board. At the depot you'll enjoy the spooky haunted car, get your very own pumpkin from the historic "pumpkin patch" train car, and other surprises and fun!
  • Homestead Annual Scarecrow Festival - Take a walk through the Homestead Resort and admire the dozens of scarecrows set up by local businesses. Ask for a ballot from the front desk and vote for your favorite one. The Scarecrow Walk runs through October and is open 7 days a week and is free.
  • Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Rides - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow rides again at Soldier Hollow. Ride a horse drawn wagon on a mile long haunted adventure through the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, complete with a spectacular encounter with the Headless Horseman. This family friendly, all ages event includes a pumpkin patch and refreshments on site. Hosted by Rocky Mountain Outfitters. 

Now that you have all the ideas and tips, plan your own pumpkin passion party in the Heber Valley!



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