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Pumpkin festivals each weekend in Chino Valley

Special to the Courier/<br>Salina Sialega<br>
A scarecrow greets visitors at the entrance of this past year's Windmill Farms Pumpkin Festival. The festival is every Saturday and Sunday in October, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1460 W. Road 4 North, turn left off Highway 89 coming from Prescott.

Special to the Courier/<br>Salina Sialega<br> A scarecrow greets visitors at the entrance of this past year's Windmill Farms Pumpkin Festival. The festival is every Saturday and Sunday in October, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1460 W. Road 4 North, turn left off Highway 89 coming from Prescott.

Residents of the quad-cities have their choice of selecting a pre-harvested pumpkin or going out in the field and selecting their own in Chino Valley.

At JC Ranch's Windmill Farms, 1460 W. Road 4 North, people can select their pumpkin from among the 5,000 pumpkins already harvested.

Tony Cordavana, a Windmill Farms spokesman, said they get 5,000 pumpkins every two weeks to make sure people have plenty of pumpkins to select from.

Windmill Farms' 3rd annual pumpkin festival runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday this month. There is a $2 general admission charge. Windmill Farms also offers a $5 ticket that includes admission, access to the jump house, a ride on the barrel train, a hayride and admission to the petting zoo.

The Freeman Farms Pumpkin Festival is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this month at 1096 E. Road 3 South.

At Freeman Farms, a spokesman said, people can select their own pumpkin off the vine in the field or buy one already harvested. People need to bring their own cutting tool.

There is a $3 admission charge, plus a $3 charge for each event - the corn maze, hayride, train ride and petting zoo. However, people can get discounts at the ticket booth or at Freeman Farms' website at www.azpumpkins.com. The $3 admission charge covers the festival's purebred Friesian and Saddlebred horse demonstration.

Freeman Farms also offers Ma and Pa's grilled hot dogs, grilled sweet corn, pastries and craft items.

At Windmill Farms, the pumpkin festival will conclude with a "Cowboy Costume Ball" from 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Oct. 31. There will be a live band, free hors d'oeuvres and drink specials.

Tickets for the Cowboy Costume Ball are $10 per person if purchased in advance or $15 per person at the door.

Door prizes will go to those with the best costumes.