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Centennial Mall, Wyman Museum hosting weekend pumpkin events

Joshua Standridge hands his sister, Keely, a pumpkin he picked out at last year’s Pumpkin Patch at Wyman Museum. This year’s event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.





Joshua Standridge hands his sister, Keely, a pumpkin he picked out at last year's Pumpkin Patch at Wyman Museum. This year's event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

If you go …

What: Third annual Pumpkin Patch

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40

— The fall-themed family event includes food, helicopter rides, pumpkin pie contests, a story booth by the Moffat County Libraries, a scarecrow-decorating station and more. General admission is free. Pumpkins cost $1 for a small, $5 for a medium and $10 for a large. For more information, call 824-6346.

If you go …

What: Pumpkin-painting contest

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When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

— Sponsored by Hayden's Rebekah Lodge No. 75, the event offers more than 500 pie pumpkins for $2 apiece. Painting supplies and refreshments are provided, and prizes are available for pumpkin painters ages 3 to 12. All competitors will receive prizes. For more information, call 734-7915.

A plethora of pumpkins make up Saturday's family activities in Craig, with two separate events dedicated to the favorite fruit of the fall season — a pumpkin-painting contest at the Centennial Mall and the third annual Pumpkin Patch at Wyman Museum.

The contest, hosted by Hayden's Rebekah Lodge No. 75, starts at 10 a.m. in the mall parking lot.

"We're hoping to keep it outside as long as the weather is good," organizer Kris Brannan said.

The service organization has accumulated more than 500 pie pumpkins from Olathe for the family event.

"We wanted to get that kind because they're smaller and have less seeds," Brannan said. "The pumpkins you use for jack o' lanterns don't last very long, and as soon you put a candle in them they start to rot. This way, the moms can take them home and peel them once the kids are done with them and use them for pies. We'll have a lot of recipes there that people can use."

Pumpkins cost $2 each, and all the necessary painting amenities will be provided. Organizers have received donated refreshments and other materials from McDonald's, The Embroidery Shoppe, Bargain Barn, B & B Welders Supply and Samuelson's True Value Hardware.

Key Club members and other Moffat County High School students will assist children in the activity.

Ribbons will be given out in different age brackets from ages 3 to 12.

"All the kids who come will get some kind of prize," Brannan said.

Brannan, who belongs to the Rebekah Lodge in both Hayden and Craig, said the group wanted to make its presence better known in the community.

"We've been kind of stagnant, and we wanted to do some fresh new stuff," she said. "It's a co-ed organization and anyone over 16 can join. We want to get more people involved, and right now we're just hoping they can come out and join us on Saturday."

Whether you head to the east side of Craig before, during or after the pumpkin painting contest, you'll have plenty of time to make it from the mall to the Pumpkin Patch event at Wyman Museum.

Running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the celebration of autumn includes food, scarecrow decoration, a hay maze, pumpkin pie contests and of course, a myriad of the festive gourds ready for purchase.

"We've got a gazillion pumpkins this year," museum curator and event organizer Nicky Boulger said. "We've got a lot of white ones, so they're in all different shapes, sizes and colors. One of the biggest ones we weighed was 25 pounds."

Attendees can also enjoy all kinds of rides whether by wagon, camel or helicopter.

"I think this would be the prettiest time of year to take a helicopter ride," Boulger said.

New features to the pumpkin patch include a story booth by the Moffat County Libraries and an appearance by fairy tale princess Cinderella, albeit with a more traditional carriage as opposed to her pumpkin vessel.

Boulger said she is expecting between 600 and 800 people. Admission is free, while revenue comes from pumpkin sales — $1 for a small, $5 for a medium and $10 for a large.

"It's hard to get a good count on how many people show up, but last year, we sold out our pumpkins, so that was a pretty good indicator," she said.

Boulger said she personally enjoys having the event as a way to provide some family fun in the fall.

"After my daughter was born, we'd have to drive to Grand Junction to find a pumpkin patch," she said. "Now people don't have to go all that way, and it's always a lot of fun."

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If you go …

What: Third annual Pumpkin Patch

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40

— The fall-themed family event includes food, helicopter rides, pumpkin pie contests, a story booth by the Moffat County Libraries, a scarecrow-decorating station and more. General admission is free. Pumpkins cost $1 for a small, $5 for a medium and $10 for a large. For more information, call 824-6346.

If you go …

What: Pumpkin-painting contest

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

— Sponsored by Hayden’s Rebekah Lodge No. 75, the event offers more than 500 pie pumpkins for $2 apiece. Painting supplies and refreshments are provided, and prizes are available for pumpkin painters ages 3 to 12. All competitors will receive prizes. For more information, call 734-7915.

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