Day tripping: Sierraville "Pun’kin" Patch hometown fun to support fire and rescue trainings |

Day tripping: Sierraville "Pun’kin" Patch hometown fun to support fire and rescue trainings

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Jeff McCollum/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comCooper McCollum finds plenty to explore at the Sierraville and#8220;Punand#8217;kinand#8221; Patch.

SIERRAVILLE, Calif. – Every October, Sierraville hosts one of the sweetest little hometown pumpkin patch festivals around. This year the “Patch” celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of Sierra Valley, featuring delicious regional foods and local goods, including Sierra Valley Trading Company, Truckee Sourdough Bread, cheese tastings, Dog and Pony Treats, Swann Garden (an off-the-grid company selling greenhouse kits), Jelly Lady jellies, McDonald’s Seasonings, and more. A bake sale offers up homemade cookies, cupcakes, and pies filled with fruit picked fresh from local apple, plum and pear trees. Kids can have their pumpkins carved by master carver Doug Read. Hotdog and hamburger barbecue will fill stomachs at lunchtime. Games, apple-bobbing, face-painting, beanbag tossing and other diversions keep everyone busy and happy.

The Sierraville “Pun’kin” Patch is Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Sierraville Elementary School in downtown Sierraville. The $5 cost per family includes games and face painting. Proceeds fund volunteer trainings at Sierraville Fire and Rescue. Sierraville is in Sierra Valley, 25 miles north of Truckee on Highway 28. The Sierra’s largest alpine valley is a wide-open ranching region containing wetlands bird habitat and a panorama of colorful aspens, cottonwood, and fruit trees. Check it out on Facebook at “Sierraville Pumpkin Patch.”

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