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Pumpkin Days starts off Bates’s busiest season

The busiest season of the year has begun at Bates Nut Farm, and will continue through until Halloween, and then beyond into the holidays, up until Christmas.

Last weekend was the first full weekend of pumpkin patch activities at Bates Nut Farm, but the next month will bring the pumpkin craze to its peak.

Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, and straw maze. Bates also has a petting corral and Snows Pony Rides on Weekends and Weekdays starting October 9 as well.

Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from variety of pumpkins: Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella, Jack O’ Lantern, minis, squash, gourds and other fall décor. In addition, weekends at Bates include live entertainment from noon-3 p.m., BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climb, bounce, slide and other family friendly events.

Craft Fair: “Pumpkin Festival”

The Craft Fair and Pumpkin Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Eighty artisans will sell American handmade crafts and fine art. Shop for beautiful jewelry, woodworking, candles, toys and many other unique items.

Bates’s famous Pumpkin Patch will be open so you can enjoy the fall decorations, tractor hayrides, straw maze, Snows Pony Rides, petting corral, and food from a variety of vendors.

Start your fall mornings at Bates Nut Farm with the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. each day. They serve all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and orange juice. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Fire Expo

The Fire Safety Expo, presented by the Valley Center Fire Department will be held October 7, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. As in past expos they will have fire engine rides—but with a difference. “To get a ticket you have to be accompanied by a child,” says Fire Marshal Mike Shore. “We will have a jump house that we will tell them they have to ‘evacuate’ and crawl through a tunnel to get out their exit. When they accomplish that they get a ticket.”

There will also be fire engine displays and at 11 a.m. an extrication demonstration. The equipment used to extract passengers from a mashed-up car is commonly called “Jaw of Life.”

Shore and other firefighters will also give demonstrations on the proper way to use a fire extinguisher: i.e. pull the ring, aim, squeeze the handle and sweep the base of the fire.

Reach Air Ambulance and Mercy Air Ambulance will land between 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. California Highway Patrol will be there as will the Sheriff’s Department, which will do demonstrations with their drones. Also on hand will be CERT, Red Cross and the San Diego Burn Institute. San Diego’s Gas & Electric Company’s private fire brigade, Capstone will also be there.

Free admission. $5 parking on October weekends. Bates is located at 15954 Woods Valley Rd. Valley Center.

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