First annual Pony and Pumpkin Festival charges into South Shore |

First annual Pony and Pumpkin Festival charges into South Shore

Griffin Rogers
Pony and wagon rides will be available at the first annual Pony and Pumpkin Festival, held Oct. 12 and 13.
Courtesy of Dwight Borges |

Festivals of all sorts seem to carry lengthy traditions in South Shore, and at least two local businesses are hoping to add one more to the list.

The first annual Pony and Pumpkin Festival is coming to South Shore this weekend, bringing the community support, family entertainment and inexpensive fun which the area’s festivals are celebrated for, said Dell Dellinger, general manager of Forest Suites Resort.

Forest Suites Resort and Borges Sleigh and Carriage Ride of Lake Tahoe are the two main sponsors of the event, with most of the proceeds going to Tahoe Youth & Family Services, Lions Club International and Pony Express Territory, Nev.

Dellinger said the festival has been a longtime dream of the Borges family and also fits in well with the resort’s vision.

“It really jives with who we are,” he said.

A variety of different foods will be featured at the festival, including barbecued hot dogs, hamburgers and Native American tacos, he said. And activities will consist of a rock wall climb, beanbag toss, pony and wagon rides and more.

Admission to the event is free, as are many of the available activities. Several vendor booths, arts and crafts and a bounce house will also be part of the event.

“I think there’s enough stuff where it’s not going to cost families an arm and a leg to come and they will still get a good value out of it,” Dellinger said.

Performances will be held throughout the event, including a cowboy poet and Native American singer. Gun safety and crochet demonstrations will also be available.

Live music will take place during the course of the two-day festival, with two bands featured each day. Music will range from folk to rock ‘n’ roll.

Dellinger said the event has already received a large response from as far away as the Bay Area, and several people have already booked rooms at the resort in advance.

Although it’s only in its first year, Dellinger said he expects about 500 people to attend the festival each day. He hopes that number will increase as the years progress.

“Our hope is to make this an annual event,” he said.

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