Celebrate fall in Fairfield with pumpkins, tricks and lots of treats

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It has been just a few days since the fall season officially began and already, signs of autumn, harvest and of course, pumpkins, are appearing all over Fairfield and Suisun Valley.

Although our temperatures are still a little warm,  we will soon be seeing cooler weather, falling leaves and the beautiful colors of autumn. Harvest, pumpkins and Halloween are highlights of fall and Fairfield will have an assortment of attractions and activities for locals and visitors to enjoy.


The Western Railway Museum's popular Pumpkin Patch Festival will open in just a few weeks, and there will also be several locations in Suisun Valley for pumpkins, including Larry's Produce, Ellison Family Farm and Erickson Ranch Produce Stand and Dahlia Garden. While you search for your perfect pumpkin at these popular produce farms and stands, make sure to pick up delicious fresh produce. And what is Halloween without tricks and thrills? New this year is a Demon Dreamz haunted house in downtown Fairfield, at the corner of Madison and Texas Streets. The haunted house, themed "No Mercy Hospital," is designed to be so frightening that it's not recommended for children under the age of 13.   It will be open Fridays and Saturdays beginning Oct. 10. 

If you are looking for something a little less spooky, the Western Railway Museum's Pumpkin Patch Festival will open for its 17th year Oct. 11. The classic harvest festival, a family tradition for many in the region, will be open Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 11-26.

The museum will open early at 9:30am on each day. The first express train leaves the museum at 10am, with departures every half-hour until 4pm. The ride on a historic life-sized electrical-powered train takes visitors back in time 100 years on a scenic five-mile trip to Gum Grove Station, a wooded glen far from the trappings of modern life.


At Gum Grove, guests can experience the huge hay bale fort, food, tractor rides, music, games and of course, pumpkins for sale, just in time for Halloween.

It's a real community effort, with three individual Rotary Clubs (Fairfield-Suisun, Cordelia, and Dixon), students from Vanden High School, and 100 museum volunteers all rallying together to make the event a success.

Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (65 and up), and $9 for children (ages 2 -14). Prices include entrance to the Museum and to the Pumpkin Patch Festival, unlimited train rides, use of the Museum's spacious and shaded picnic grounds, and free parking. Please note that there are no advanced reservations.

All proceeds benefit the Western Railway Museum (a nonprofit educational institution) and the local Rotary Clubs who re-grant thousands of dollars to our community and youth activities each year. 

The Western Railway Museum is located at 5848 State Highway 12, Suisun City, CA 94585. It is on State Highway 12 in Solano County, 12 miles east of Interstate 80, halfway between Fairfield and Rio Vista.

 For more information, visit www.wrm.org  or call 707-374-2978.