SIERRAVILLE, Calif. - This year's Sierraville Fire and Rescue "The Patch" pumpkin festival is Saturday, Oct. 27. Attracting families from Sierra Valley, Portola, Mohawk Valley and North Tahoe/Truckee, The Patch features pumpkins, of course, as well as games and small town fun on the lawns of the Sierraville Elementary School next to Perry Creek.
"It's one of my favorite things to do," said Doug Read, Fire and Rescue volunteer and the guy who carves the pumpkins at the event. "I love putting the faces on those pumpkins for the kids. The kids tell me the kinds of faces they want me to carve, and I don't show them the carvings until I'm finished. You should see their expressions when they finally get to see the carvings."
"The Patch" Festivities begin with a 10 a.m. bake sale. "Most of the pies and cakes are made with fruit grown on trees in the front and back yards of Sierraville," said Tami McCollum, event organizer. "Our entrepreneurs' market brings together items made by food and art crafters from all over the region, from Sierra Valley to Oregon House in the foothills."
Kids can choose a pumpkin and get it carved, bob for apples, get creative a hands-on crafts table, jump around in a bouncy house, meet Sparky the fire hound, tour a real fire engine, and get their faces painted. All of that energy needs a good lunch, so barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs are also for sale.
Sierraville is in Sierra Valley, 25 miles north of Truckee on Highway 28. Proceeds fund volunteer trainings at Sierraville Fire and Rescue. Price is $5 per family for a pumpkin and games. For more information, visit facebook.com/pages/Sierraville-Pumpkin-Patch.