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Fall Festival celebrates the harvest season

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A young Farmers Market visitor struggles to pick up a pumpkin almost as big as she is at last year's Fall Festival. The fun returns Saturday to Central Park. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

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What: Davis Farmers Market Fall Festival, featuring a Kids’ Costume Parade at 11 a.m., a free pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, children’s crafts, live music and, of course, the market

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Central Park, Third and C streets

Local food, local farmers and the harvest season are celebrated at the Davis Farmers Market’s annual Fall Festival, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in Central Park, Third and C streets in Davis.

Break out the kids’ Halloween costumes early for this year’s Kids’ Costume Parade, sponsored by Sutter Davis Hospital, at 11 a.m. beginning at the Oak Tree Deck.

This year’s festival features several changes in decor, entertainment and pint-sized fun. Market manager Randii MacNear said decorations in the market pavilion will feature Halloween-themed paper lanterns instead of mylar balloons.

“We wanted to take a ‘greener’ approach to our decorations,” MacNear said. “And we’ve also added an inflatable 14-foot black barn cat and a 5-foot pumpkin.”

Also new to the Fall Festival are costumed jugglers who frequent Picnic in the Park, plus Greenich’s Acres Petting Zoo that includes a mini-horse, mini-cow and mini-donkey, plus goats, alpacas, llamas, ducks, a lamb and bunnies. Petting zoo admission is $5 per child, with one accompanying adult free, plus in-and-out privileges.

Members of Soroptimist International of Davis once again will host the pumpkin patch, and the Peter Franklin Band will perform its crowd-pleasing Americana music. The children’s area will feature free hands-on crafts and science activities, including chemistry activities and demonstrations by the UC Davis Chemistry Club, plus craft activities offered by area 4-H clubs and UCD Rotaract volunteers.

Davis High School’s Future Farmers of America will host a seed-planting activity and give out FFA coloring sheets to kids.

Festival visitors can pet baby piglets from Woodland farmer Jim Neilson’s farm, get up close and personal with raptors from the California Raptor Center, and enjoy pony rides ($5) offered by Greenich’s Acres.

Over at the Central Park Gardens on B Street, kids will be able to plant seeds while their parents browse a sale of vegetables, flowers and drought-tolerant plants while picking up eco-friendly gardening information. All visitors to the gardens will receive free flower seeds to plant now for spring blooms.

The food fair will feature: Davis Creamery’s fall festival ice cream (in pumpkin, rum raisin and apple pie flavors), and seasonal delights from Fat Face and Bare Juices (now offering oatmeal). The Hotdogger will be offering corn dogs, hot dogs and sausages; Montoya’s Tamales will sell tamales and burritos; Kathmandu Kitchen will offer Indian foods; and Gold Rush Kettle Pop will sell fresh-popped kettle corn.

Davis Farm to School and the Davis Joint Unified School District will offer samples of pasta pomodoro, with ingredients sourced from local farmers.

MacNear said volunteers really drive the Fall Festival’s success.

“Fall Festival would not be possible without the help of volunteers from Grace Valley Christian Center, UC Davis Rotaract Club, local 4-H clubs, Davis High School’s FFA, UC Davis Chemistry Club, California Raptor Center and Central Park Gardens,” she said. “Fall Festival is our way of thanking customers for their patronage throughout the year.”

For more information, call the market office at 530-756-1695 or visit www.davisfarmersmarket.org.

Enterprise staff

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