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Pumpkin patch offers seasonal fun

On a sunny Saturday, Wendy Tung from La Verne and her 11 month old son, Hans Tung, visited the pumpkin patch for the first time. While enjoying the event, Hans Tung posed on the hay while his mother took pictures. The 21st Annual Harvest Pumpkin Patch at Heritage Park, is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. / photo by Denisse Leung

Ashley Sourapas
Staff Writer

Wagon rides, farm animals, large and small pumpkins, house tours, photo opportunities and much more have invaded Heritage Park for the 21st Annual Harvest Pumpkin Patch.

The park was full of laughter, smiles, animal noises, hay bales, adorable scarecrows and Halloween decorations.

“My grandson and I come every year to take pictures for fall and pick out our pumpkins,” La Verne resident, Karen Molander said.

Volunteers run the pumpkin patch and all the proceeds go to the maintenence of the park.

“This year Camp Paige boys volunteered their time and helped unload and set up over 150 hay bales,” fifth year volunteer, Patrick Baur said.

“We are so thankful for all their hard work.”

School field trips kept the volunteers busy as the students picked out a small pumpkin from the “lil’ pumpkin” section and then decorated them.

Baur said that about 2,000 eager school children visit the patch every year to enjoy the annual festivities.

“I love to see all the smiles on the kids faces after they see all the animals and ride on the wagon,” Uni­versity of La Verne graduate and volunteer, Michael Kress, said.

The farm animals include pigs, piglets, goats, ducks, bunnies, roosters, chickens and baby chicks. The baby chicks can be purchased at the park for $5, and come in a variety of colors and sizes.

“My favorite part of the pumpkin patch was the chicken with the mohawk and the rooster with curly feathers,” said Claudi Pearce, a resident of Claremont and first time visitor.

“My husband and I were hiking by the other day and decided to stop by when it was open,” Pearce said.

The Weber house is located in the park, nestled in a field of orange groves, and is one of the oldest houses still standing in La Verne. House tours are given to guests where they can learn about its background.

With the house’s rich history, the tour guide was able to describe what life was like in the 1880s on a farm.

The Weber house garden has also been updated with new fencing and more vegetables to enjoy.

It is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.on weekends.

“This event is one of the most popular and looked forward to by the La Verne residents,” said Robin Molina, President of the La Verne Heritage Foundation and event coordinator.

For more information on the pumpkin patch and its activities visit laverneheritage.org.

Ashley Sourapas can be reached at ashley.sourapas@laverne.edu.

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