Starting Saturday and continuing through Halloween, huge pumpkins, pig races, a petting zoo, rides on a miniature train will be among the fun at Temecula's pumpkin festival at Peltzer Farms.
The annual event will feature an assortment of family-oriented fare and an open-air market, according to the Peltzer family, which has been organizing festivals since 2007.
Visitors can scour the farm's pumpkin patch and buy gourds as large as 100 pounds. Corn, squash and other veggies are also available to purchase, or eat on-site at the cafe. Pony rides and trips on the festival's 12-passenger train will be available daily, according to organizers.
An acre-wide corn maze -- with stalks as high as 10 feet -- will be available for kids to try out, along with a giant mound of hay and a petting zoo filled with goats, sheep, ponies and other animals.
The farm's unique tractor collection will be on display, and the Peltzer Mining Co. will offer visitors a chance to pan for a variety of "unpolished gems" in a sluice box.
The farm will be open weekdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9
a.m. to 8 p.m. Most exhibits are free, though visitors will be charged
anywhere from $2 to $5 for train rides, pony rides, petting zoo access and
Peltzer Farms is located at 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula.
More information is posted at http://peltzerfarms.com/.
—City News Service