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5:51 PM Sun, Nov. 18th

Contests, games at Pumpkin Patch event

PRESCOTT - From the scariest scream to the funniest costume, the City of Prescott's third annual Pumpkin Patch and Carnival will put traditional Halloween fun on center stage next weekend.

Set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott, the event will pack plenty of activity into its four hours.

"We will have over 40 booths with interactive carnival-type games," Prescott Special Events Coordinator Becky Garvin said, adding that the event offers a "safe, fun place" to celebrate the fall holiday.

Costume contests will begin at 11:30 a.m., and will involve everyone from infants up to 13-year-olds. Along with funniest, the categories also will include spookiest, best homemade, and best family costumes.

"Last year, we had some great costumes," Garvin said. A "treasure chest of cool prizes" will be available for the contest winners, she added.

The event also will focus on pumpkins, with about 300 of all different sizes on hand in a "pumpkin patch" on the east side of the courthouse, where children can pick their own.

Pumpkins will be available for a donation of from $2 to $5. The Mile High Middle School Athletics will help to run the pumpkin patch, and Wells Fargo is providing the pumpkins. The local Eagles organization will have a booth to help with carving.

New this year will be a storytime with cartoon characters, such as Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, and Woody - a show that Garvin said would be appropriate for ages 3 through 12. The storytime will take place on the south side of the courthouse.

In addition, the event will feature face-painters, a balloon artist, a pet costume contest, a cakewalk, train rides, and inflatables.

The event cost is $5, which covers the trick-or-treat bag, carnival games, inflatables, crafts, toys, candy, and contests. Garvin said participants also could opt to pay $1 per ticket to participate in the various activities.

Over the past two years, the event has grown in popularity, attracting thousands of people to the downtown venue. Garvin said the city went through 2,500 bags last year, and will have 3,000 on hand this year.