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Tahoe City Harvest Festival offers pumpkin patch, grand opening of playground

Layne VanNoy
Special to the Sun

An 11 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the new Rideout Community Center playground's grand opening.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; The Tahoe City PUD Parks and Recreation Department will hold their annual Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This is the culminating event of the Tahoe City Downtown Association’s Oktoberfest. Not that there is much harvesting in Lake Tahoe. Nevertheless, the Rideout Community Garden was a success this season. As with any planting, timing is crucial. Plot owners who planted their garden in the early summer found themselves replanting after a late spring frost. The gardens developed nicely throughout summer, with many renters harvesting squash, snap peas, lettuce and other vegetables and herbs.

If you didn’t have the time or inclination to plant your own garden, you may have availed yourself of the weekly Farmers Market at Commons Beach on Thursdays. This was a great opportunity to feast on the bounty of farmers in the Sacramento area, central valley and northern Nevada.

Harvest festivals typically feature feasting, both family and public, with foods drawn from crops that come to maturity in fall. Ample food and freedom from the necessity to work in the fields are two central themes of harvest festivals: Eating, merriment, contests and music are common activities around the world.

Our local festival will gather a number of groups and agencies that have put a lot of time and effort into building community in the Tahoe City area, for example; Rideout Community Center committee, Girls Scouts, Mothers Club, the Family Resource Center and Tahoe Community Nursery School. Each will provide an activity or food such as baked goods, cotton candy, cake walk, pulled pork lunch, pumpkin bowling, Plinko, face painting, balloon darts, craft projects, bounce house, pony and hay rides.

New this year will be a Halloween Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Little ones will have the chance to search for black and orange eggs, filled with candy under the hay and#8212; a prelude to trick or treating. Entrance is free, but since it is a fundraiser for the groups involved, a minimal fee will be charged for food and activities.

Lastly, this event will mark the grand opening of the new playground at Rideout Community Center. This $62,000 project was funded through the 2002 Bond Act and#8211; Per Capita Grant Funds. The ribbon-cutting ceremony by VIP’s will take place at 11 a.m. next to the playground. Come join the fun and try out the newest play equipment on west shore.

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For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 530-583-3440, ext. 14, drop by 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City or visit http://www.tahoecitypud.com and check out what we’re doing to enhance your community.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com