Halloween treat at the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest

Halloween treat at the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest

Halloween treat at the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest

Halloween treat at the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest

There’ll be an early Halloween treat for visitors to the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest in Irvine, California, today.

Everybody, adult or child, will be offered a free a ride on the new Great Park carousel ride which is open to the public for the first time on Saturday October 23.

The updated 38-foot carousel is decorated with new hand-painted panels depicting Orange County’s heritage.

The popular annual Pumpkin Harvest event now includes Scarecrows in the Park, a contest where local businesses build and display their own themed scarecrows.

“The new carousel ride will be a fun year-round activity for Great Park visitors of all ages,” said Larry Agran, head of the Orange County Great Park Corporation. “Visitors can fly in the Balloon and play on Kids Rock,” he said. “And now they’ll be able to ride on the Great Park Carousel as well.”

The Great Park Pumpkin Harvest also serves as a community food drive benefiting the Orange County Food Bank and the Second Harvest Food Bank. Park visitors are asked to bring canned goods to help those in need. They will be entered into a raffle to win one of a several prizes donated by local businesses, including the Irvine Barclay Theatre, PF Chang’s, the Bowers Museum and Pacific Symphony.

Families will experience the time-honored tradition of fall activities at the Pumpkin Harvest, including a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, horse-drawn wagons, train rides, a costume parade, candy stations and a mini hay maze. Children will receive a free pumpkin, as long as the supplies last.

Visitors are also invited to vote for the best creation in Scarecrows in the Park, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank and agricultural programs at the Great Park.

More than 6,000 visitors are expected to attend the Pumpkin Harvest, which will take place on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Orange County Great Park. Admission is free. Parking is $10.

The Great Park is located off the 5 Freeway and Sand Canyon in Irvine. For more information, go to www.ocgp.org or telephone (949) 724-7420.

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Authored by: Sean McInnes

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