Horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, live music, face painting, an apple cider press and, of course, a pumpkin patch are just a few of the activities to enjoy at the 11th Annual Guidestone Pumpkin Patch at Hutchinson Ranch.
The three-day family-friendly event runs from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, 14 and 15 and is the largest fundraiser of the year for Guidestone Colorado. Money raised from the event supports all of their programs, including the Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center, Colorado Land Link and the Farmhands education program.
Andrea Coen, director of operations at the learning center, said that the harvest event is held across the street from the historic homestead.
The event barn will host some of the activities, food from Amicas and live music. Coen said having Amicas cater is new “and exciting” for this year’s event.
There are nine musical acts scheduled for two-hour time slots throughout the weekend. That list includes the Bruce Warren Trio, David Tipton, Stephen Smalzel and Matthew Coen.
The rest of the activities, like the pumpkin patch, pony rides and the straw bale maze, will be held in the meadow near from the barn.
In addition to previously mentioned activities, the Salida Circus will perform at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15.
Families will be driven by a tractor-pulled wagon from the parking area to the event barn. From the meadow the horse-drawn wagon will bring families to the pumpkin patch.
In years past, there has been a wide variety of animals to meet and sometimes pet, including bunnies, goats, alpacas and turkeys.
Wendy Neikam, who attended last year’s Pumpkin Patch with her family, said, “Our daughter loves to meet the animals ‒especially the alpacas. This is a wonderful family-friendly event supporting a great nonprofit, Guidestone Colorado.”
The alpacas will be at the Pumpkin Patch on Friday and Saturday, Coen said.
“The thing I love most about the pumpkin patch event is the opportunity to provide a celebration of this time of year in such a beautiful location. I really like the horse-drawn wagon ride, too.”
Another fan of the horse-drawn wagon is Crissy Supples. Supples and her family attended the Pumpkin Patch twice last year. She was thrilled to learn that this year Guidestone is offering a weekend pass.
“Oh, we’ll be there,” Supples said. “It’s a family-friendly event that allows me to teach my child about agriculture while enjoying fall weather and interacting with a lot of different animals.”
This event doesn’t happen without sponsors and volunteers, Coen explained. There are a variety of three-hour shifts for willing volunteers. There is a link to sign up at GuidestoneColorado.org.
Cohen said 40 different businesses partnered and sponsored to make this event a reality.
Advance tickets can be purchased online or from Amicas, Café Dawn, Kaleidoscope Toys, Moonlight Pizza and Brewpub, Sacred Ground, Buena Vista Roastery and Lettuce Head Food Co.
Advance tickets are $8 per person per day or four tickets for $30. At the door, those prices will be $10 each or four for $35. Advance weekend passes are $15 per person or four for $44. At the door, the advance passes are $20 per person and four for $75. Children 2 years old and younger get in for free, and all children receive a free pumpkin to take home (while supplies last).
“I can’t stop myself from festooning my doorway with fall decorations, and the locally-produced pumpkins we got from the patch were an important part of our decor,” Supples said. “We enjoyed riding the little horse CC and the wagon ride to pick out our pumpkins. I love pumpkin patches.”
On Friday there will be a special rate for youth groups and sponsors. If you sign up as a group or youth organization, you get a discount, Coen said. This can be accomplished on the website, too.
“It’s a really fun, festive community and family oriented event. We hope you come out and join us,” Coen said.
Pumpkin Patch Music Lineup
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Intrinsic Dance
12:30-2:30 p.m. Benny Bowmaster & Friends
2:30-4:30 p.m. The Bruce Warren Trio
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dave Tipton
12:30-2:30 p.m. Matthew Coen
2:30-4:30 p.m. The Sugar Beets
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Stephen Smalzel
12:30-2:30 p.m. Laura Stephens
2:30-4:30 p.m. Seth Roberts & Chris Leydon