Boo to you: Eagle Ranch hosts pumpkin patch |

Boo to you: Eagle Ranch hosts pumpkin patch

Vail Daily file photo/Theo StroomerMatthew Lee, 6, picks up a pumpkin as his father James looks on during last year's Pumpkin Patch at Eagle Ranch

EAGLE, Colorado –While she can provide the props such as pumpkins, hay bales and bouncy castles, organizer Erin Vega stresses the party-goers themselves provide the real fun during the annual Eagle Ranch Pumpkin Patch.

“We want it to be the people who come that make the event,” said Vega, manager of the Eagle Ranch Homeowners Association. “People really enjoyed coming down and just hanging out at the pumpkin patch last year.”

The 2008 event drew several hundred people on a perfect Indian summer day. Vega is hoping the weather makes a repeat performance this autumn when the Eagle Ranch Pumpkin Patch is celebrated Saturday.

The festivities will get under way at 10 a.m. when the pumpkin patch opens. Vega said party organizers will ship in 400 pumpkins which will be available for purchase at $5 each. The pumpkin patch will remain open until 2 p.m.

At noon, the will be a pumpkin carving contest with gift cards from City Market going to the winners. There is no fee to enter the contest.

Throughout the event, Sunshine Mountain Preschool will host a fundraiser. For a $10 fee, kids can enjoy unlimited turns in bouncy castles that will be located on site. Additionally, the preschool will operate a play area for toddlers and a silent auction.

Dewey Dabbles in Art will offer pottery projects that adults and children can complete on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Eagle Valley Middle School football players and parents will sponsor a haunted house at the historic barn at the site. Money collected from admission ticket sales will go toward purchase of a scoreboard at the school.

The band Three Left Feet will be performing throughout the day.

The Eagle Ranch Pumpkin Patch is sponsored by the Eagle Ranch Homeowners Association, the Dusty Boot Steakhouse and Saloon, and City Market. For more information about the event call 970-328-2175.

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