Tucson and Southern Arizona Pumpkin Patches

October 4, 2013
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Agua Linda Fall Festival-Amado, AZ: Celebrate the fall harvest with a full day of fun for the whole family! A wonderful way for the whole family to experience the season.   $5 per person (Children 2 and under are free) includes unlimited hayrides, petting zoo, bounce house and an evening movie!  There are a few other activities for an additional cost, including pony rides and great food.  Weekends in October. Find a detailed schedule at www.agualindafarm.net2643 E. Frontage Rd., Amado, AZ.

Apple Annie's Fall Pumpkin Celebration-Willcox:  Old fashioned family fun! Pick your own pumpkins and fall vegetables, go through the corn maze, and take a hay ride. Festival runs weekends through October 27; pumpkins, produce and orchards open daily through Oct. 31.  Festival is $3/person.  Admission to the corn maze is separate.  Go to www.appleannies.com. 6405 W. Williams Rd., Willcox.

Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze:  Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin.  There is also a corn maze, arts & crafts tent, festival games,  petting zoo and pedal cart race track. Open the last 4 weekends in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Pumpkin Festival $4/person (includes hay rides). Corn maze admission seperate. Learn more at www.buckelewfarm.com17000 W. Ajo Way (approx. 30 minutes from Downtown Tucson.) 

Marana's Pumpkin Patch and Farm Festival:  Find a perfect pumpkin, try out a corn maze, pet the animals in the petting zoo, or jump on a huge inflatable jumping pillow to work up an appetite for some of the great food available!  $10 admission Monday-Friday, $12 admission Saturday and Sundays. Opening weekend is October 5th, and the Festival runs through October 31. Check the website for times and details:  www.maranapumpkinpatch.com14901 N. Wentz Rd., Marana.

Pumpkin Carving Tips:


  1. The Bigger the Better...or easier to carve.  Pumpkins with a light colored skin are softer and easier to cut.  Shy away from bruises and or moldy stems
  2. Don't create your lid by cutting straight down or it will fall in.  Place the knife at a 42 degree angle.
  3. Be sure to save your seeds for a healthy snack!
  4. Ice cream scoops work great for scooping out the seeds.  Be sure to scrape the walls well.  About 1 inch thickness is ideal.
  5. Inexperienced carvers should select a simple pattern, moving on to more difficult ones as time goes on.
  6. Templates are good!  Make sure your cutting tools are sharp.  Tape template to pumpkin or use push pins to hold in place while tracing.  This way you can cut along your lines.  You can also use a push pin to make holes along the template and then play connect the dots with your cutting tool.
  7. For a more stable pumpkin when carving, cut off the bottom.  You can either place the body of the pumpkin back on its base, or place the body on a plate when you are ready to illuminate it with a candle.
  8. If you are using a candle with a lid, you may want to carve an unseen hole in the back to act as a chimney.  Never leave a candle-lit jack-o-lantern unattended.
  9. Many stores sell flameless candles for a safer option to the traditional candle.
  10. Cinnamon and or nutmeg on the bottom side of your lid will give off a fabulous scent. 

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