Great Pumpkin Festival


Get a Great Pumpkin at Hunter Orchards Pumpkin Patch in beautiful Shasta Valley. Located between Gazelle and Grenada at 14431 Old Westside Rd., Grenada, just take either Gazelle exit from Interstate 5 and follow the pumpkin signs. This excellent local orchard also has apples, colorgul gourds and other delicioul fall produce. This is a great adventure for kids!

While Hunter Orchard is great, it’s not the only place to pick a pumpkin in October. In McCloud every Saturday the Pumpkin Train goes chugging up into the hills to stop in the woods where a vast selection of pumpkins are laid out for kids to choose from. The train folks offer hot apple cider, hot chocolate and other concessions to keep you warm on these chilly days. The kids can play games at the depot before boarding the train, or you stand by to watch off loading passengers hugging their pumpkins.

Then just outside of Weed on Highway 97, Papa’s Pumpkin Patch offers another great opportunity for fall fun. They plant 1200 pumpkin plants – so that’s alotta pumpkins! Papa’s has a big selection of pumpkins, and these cool, painted wooden feathers you can buy to stick into your pumpkin to make a pumpkin turkey. Indian corn and decorative gourds are also available. They’ve got a grassy lawn with a great view of the mountain where you can picnic while you visit, so bring a basket of treats and your camera for fall photo ops.