Pumpkin Patch Festival returns to the Western Railway Museum

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The Western Railway Museum will present its annual Pumpkin Patch Festival in October that packs in lots of autumn fun for the entire family.

Now celebrating its 18th year, this classic harvest festival is a highlight of fall and autumn and is a family tradition for many in Fairfield, Suisun and throughout Northern California. The festival will be open every Saturday and Sunday, from Oct. 10 to Oct. 25.

To kick off the annual event, the opening weekend October 10-11 will feature a roaming herd of zombies. To protect yourself from their influence, we recommend arriving at the Museum in a Halloween costume. Any and all costumes will protect you from the zombies. Princesses, black cats, witches, ghosts, and even Presidents of the United States are all reported to be immune to zombie attacks.

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

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

It's a real community effort, with three Rotary Clubs from Fairfield-Suisun, Cordelia, and Dixon all rallying together to make the event a success. All proceeds benefit the Western Railway Museum (a nonprofit educational institution) and the local Rotary Clubs who re-grant thousands of dollars to the community and youth activities each year.

Admission is just $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (65 and up), and $10 for children (ages 2 -14). Each adult admission comes with a "Pumpkin Buck" good for $1 off anything at the Festival, such as food or pumpkins. Prices include entrance to the Museum and to the Pumpkin Patch Festival, unlimited train rides, use of the Museum's shaded picnic grounds, music, hay rides, the hay bale fort, and free parking. Please note that there are no advanced reservations.

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, www.facebook.com/WesternRailwayMuseum, or call (707) 374-2978.

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