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Pick your pumpkin at Eagle Ranch patch

EAGLE — The Brush Creek Park will sprout a pumpkin crop this Sunday for the 12th annual Eagle Ranch Pumpkin Patch.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, local families are invited to peruse the pumpkin pickings, show off their Halloween costumes and enjoy an array of fun activities presented by local non-profit groups.

The Eagle Valley Pony Club will set up an obstacle course for kids to run and local Girl Scouts will host a bake sale. The Eagle Valley Middle School football program will host the Un-Haunted Barn — the title reflects the intent of a fun tour, rather than a scary one, for younger kids. Admission is $5.

New this year is an activity hosted by Patterns of Joy. Kids will have the opportunity to sew one drawstring bandana tote to take home and one to give as a gift to a camper who attends Roundup River Ranch. The cost to participate is $5.

Overnight Crop

The pumpkin patch event is the brainchild of Erin Vega of the Eagle Ranch Association. She admits she had some trepidation a dozen years ago when 400 pumpkins were dropped off for the first pumpkin patch. But it turns out she didn't need to worry.

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"You never really know how many pumpkins you will sell, but we have always had good luck selling most of them by noon and all of the pumpkins by 2," she said.

This year's event is on a Sunday, rather than a Saturday, but Vega believes families will still find their way to the patch. It's hard to miss the pumpkin populated park that appears overnight at the highly visible entrance to Eagle Ranch.

"Once it is all set up, it's really wonderful," said Vega.