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La Verne resident Saafia Velji picks out a large pumpkin with her mother and sister Monday evening at the Heritage Park Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkin patch is open weekdays 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with free entry. The petting zoo and tractor ride are $2 with pumpkins ranging in price by weight and size. The 16th Annual Classic Car Show sponsored by the La Verne Heritage Foundation will take place Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission.

La Verne resident Saafia Velji picks out a large pumpkin with her mother and sister Monday evening at the Heritage Park Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkin patch is open weekdays 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with free entry. The petting zoo and tractor ride are $2 with pumpkins ranging in price by weight and size. The 16th Annual Classic Car Show sponsored by the La Verne Heritage Foundation will take place Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission. / photo by Natasha Brennan

Ashley Mubiru
Staff Writer

Large fields full of Halloween decorations, pumpkins of many colors and sizes, a petting zoo, a tractor ride and more are on display in La Verne’s historic Heritage Park.

The 28th annual pumpkin patch is for kids of all ages to pick out a pumpkin, play with petting zoo friends, or just enjoy fall festivities in the beautiful park.

Nici Henley, a local mother of a 3-year-old daughter, brought her family for the second year.

“I like that it’s very low-tech,” Henley said. “Some of the other pumpkin patches have a lot going on.”

Henley added that she loves the fall weather and everything Halloween related.

Local high school teacher Rose Lewis said she would love to make the pumpkin patch a yearly visit for her family.

“This time of year my sister and I make plans to get here as fast as possible,” Lewis said.

Lewis said, who has a young daughter, said she enjoys the pumpkin patch, while her nephew always looks forward to the tractor rides.

“We’re kind of a new family, but this is something that’s kind of becoming a new tradition,” Lewis said.

Holy Name of Mary Elementary School student Lily Yu, who was checking out the pumpkin patch, does not enjoy the spooky aspect of Halloween, but enjoys this event.

“We take photos and pick out our family pumpkins to carve,” Yu said.

Citrus College freshman Sam Cano has worked at the pumpkin patch for two years. She said she enjoys meeting new people there.

“This was actually the first pumpkin patch that I ever came to,” Cano said.

You can purchase small pumpkins for less than $3, enjoy a hayride for $2, and pet the animals also for $2.

The Heritage Park Pumpkin Patch, at 5001 Vía De Mansion, in La Verne, is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends, through Oct. 30.

The 16th annual Pumpkin Patch Car show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event will feature live music, vendors and pre-1975 cars and trucks.

Ashley Mubiru can be reached at ashley.mubiru@laverne.edu.

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