The Day family will once again host the Pumpkin Days Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Day Family Farm located at 240 Twisp Carlton Road.
“We decided to do this event last year after talking to the Walkers, who did something similar down by Gold Creek,” Trisha Day said. The Walkers helped set the fall festival in motion, including Patty Walker’s hand-painted pumpkin visages to direct festival-goers.
This year, Gary and Patty Walker will once again be on hand — along with neighbors, friends, and family — to assist the Day family with all the seasonal harvest inspired festivities.
Past festivals at the Walker Windmill Farm drew hundreds of children and their families. When Gary and Patty decided to pass the theoretical Giant Pumpkin, Gary started planting the seeds of an idea with Justin Day.
The idea took root, as the young Day children were already growing their own pumpkin patch and operating a seasonal pumpkin stand on Twisp Carlton Road. The Day Family Farm was a prime location along a scenic stretch of the Methow River with room to host the crowds of past pumpkin festivals.
This year, the Pumpkin Days Fall Festival II is abundant with seasonal activities. Games are designed for children ages 10 and younger and feature pumpkins in all sorts of silly situations.
A corn pit filled with a ton and a half of dried kernels beckons industrious little ones with buckets and toy trucks. Hayrides along the Methow River overlook the arrival of spawning salmon. There is a corn and hay bale maze to navigate, cider to press, and of course pumpkins to pick. The Methow Valley Cascaders 4-H club will host a petting zoo featuring rabbits, pigs, chickens and maybe an alpaca, if the alpaca feels like making an appearance.
The Mountain Meals food truck will grill up family favorites, and there will be fresh-pressed cider to wash it all down. Bring a picnic blanket and cash or Venmo for the vittles and pumpkins. Please leave the family pets at home.
Contact Trisha Day at (509) 951-3499 with any questions. Visit @dayfamilyfarmpumpkins on Facebook for details. Just follow the pumpkins, and look for the scarecrow.