As the 23rd annual Heritage Park Pumpkin Patch opens, parents and children gather in anticipation.
With free admission into the park and pumpkins of any shape and size, it is no wonder why it is such a big attraction for La Verne residents.
“It is so nice of them [La Verne Heritage Foundation] to put this on for the community,” Jan Walker, La Verne resident who visited the pumpkin patch with her husband daughter and two grandchildren, said.
“It is my grandson’s first time here and he is really excited about the goats.”
When first walking into the Heritage Pumpkin Patch, one is transported to what looks like a small country town.
With hay bails and rusted wagons greeting people at the entrance, the La Verne Heritage Foundation did an exemplary job of setting up a small and cozy atmosphere for all who visit.
Aside from the pumpkin patch, there are also tractor rides and farm animals for children to enjoy.
“We like to have the animals to showcase life on a farm,” Eddie Ramirez, caretaker of the park, said.
The types of animals range from goats, chickens, roosters, rabbits, sheep and pot bellied pigs.
The animals are only there for the duration of the pumpkin patch and were provided by San Dimas Grain and a local volunteer.
“We are not only open for the public,” Ramirez said, “we have around 1,500 students from various schools come throughout the month on weekdays as a field trip.”
“We give each student one small pumpkin, a tractor ride and an activity where they get to paint their pumpkin.”
Robles Produce, who provides the pumpkins for the patch, will be delivering an estimated 22 to 25 bins adding up to over 1,500 pumpkins throughout the pumpkin patch’s time span.
Along with the normal pumpkin patch where pumpkins of all sizes are displayed and sold, there is also a ‘Kids’ Patch’ where children can pick out their own mini pumpkin to decorate.
“My daughter is excited to pet the sheep and paint her pumpkin,” Tony Garcia, Upland resident who attended with his wife and two children.
“I grew up in La Verne and I think what they [La Verne Heritage Foundation] are doing is a beautiful thing.”
The Pumpkin Patch is open all week from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekends and all are encouraged to visit.
Fore more information visit www.laverneheritage.org.
Veronica Orozco can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.