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West Covina High School junior Tristan Villar stocks pumpkins at the Harvest Pumpkin Patch at Heritage Park in La Verne. Since 1989, the La Verne Heritage Foundation has presented the annual pumpkin patch. Heritage Park is located east of Wheeler Avenue on Via De Mansion. The pumpkin patch is open weekdays, 4 - 8 p.m., and weekends, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., until Oct. 30./ photo by Noel Cabrera

West Covina High School junior Tristan Villar stocks pumpkins at the Harvest Pumpkin Patch at Heritage Park in La Verne. Since 1989, the La Verne Heritage Foundation has presented the annual pumpkin patch. Heritage Park is located east of Wheeler Avenue on Via De Mansion. The pumpkin patch is open weekdays, 4 – 8 p.m., and weekends, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., until Oct. 30. / photo by Noel Cabrera

Arielle Torrez
Staff Writer

Decorated skeletons, pumpkins, witches, and scarecrows make the Harvest Pumpkin Patch at Heritage Park in La Verne a festive place to be this Halloween season.

The 26th Annual Harvest Pumpkin Patch opened Saturday and continues until Oct. 30.

The patch has a variety of both white and orange pumpkins ranging from $3.50 to $8 depending on the size.

There is also a “Lil’ Kids Patch” that contains miniature pumpkins for smaller children to enjoy.

Hayrides, farm animals and photo opportunities are all part of the experience at Heritage Park.

For $2, guests are able to ride a tractor around the park and embark on an old-fashion hayride.

There are also animals in the park including chickens, pigs, sheep, bunnies and chicks in pens for all to enjoy.

“We do this every year and I love every part about it,” said Eddie Para, a volunteer at Heritage Park. “My favorite part is watching the kids play with the animals.”

Halloween decorations are scattered throughout the patch, making great photo opportunities for all to enjoy.

As a part of the Harvest Pumpkin Patch festivities, the La Verne Heritage Foundation will also be hosting a classic car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24.

The La Verne Heritage Foundation is dedicated to preserving La Verne’s historical past.

The foundation’s goal is to maintain the Weber House and its 1.5 acre property located at Heritage Park.

The Weber House, built in 1885, is one of the oldest remaining houses in La Verne.

Normally the Weber House is a museum for the public to experience a piece of La Verne’s history.

The Weber House is in on the fun as well. The house showed its holiday spirit by decorating for Halloween with leaves and skeletons.

“There is so much history at Heritage Park and an event like this is something that celebrates that,” said Claremont resident Agustin Mejorado. “My daughter loves walking around and observing all of the fun activities.”

The La Verne Heritage Foundation sells homemade jams, granola and sauces to raise money for the organization and to keep alive events such as The Harvest Pumpkin Patch.

The Harvest Pumpkin Patch is only one of the many seasonal events held at Heritage Park throughout the year.

The park also holds other events such as a Christmas tree lot during Christmas time, orange picking, hands on history lessons and concerts in the summer.

“I’ve been going to the Heritage Park events since I was a kid,” said Pomona-Pitzer neuroscience major Forrest Fulgenzi. “I grew up around here and love coming by.”

The Harvest Pumpkin Patch is free of charge and is open Monday through Friday 4-8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Heritage Park is located at 5001 Via De Mansion in La Verne.

Arielle Torrez can be reached at arielle.torrez@laverne.edu.

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