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Fall Festival offers cornucopia of activities

by Caryn Haller

Shannon LitzFive-year-old Keeley Qualls carries her chosen pumpkin out of the patch set-up by 4-H at Lampe Park on Saturday during the Fall Festival.

Noah Sharpe carefully surveyed the offerings in the 4-H pumpkin patch Saturday at Lampe Park.

The 6-year-old took third place in the pumpkin run and got his choice of pumpkins.

“He’s going to be here a while,” Noah’s mother Stacy said. “He has a hard time making a decision.”

Moments later, the proud racer dashed out of the patch with his three-pound prize.

“I like this one. It has a big stem,” Noah said. “I’m going to make a face on it. It’s going to be a scary face.”

Close to 100 children participate in the pumpkin run each year put on by the parks and recreation department.

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“It’s a fun community event that has been around longer than me,” recreation specialist Amanda Reid said. “You couldn’t ask for better weather. 4-H puts on a great event every year, and we’re lucky to be a part of it.”

Gardnerville resident Jodi Qualls waited for the kindergarten race to begin with her daughter Keeley.

“I’m going to do good,” the 5-year-old said. “I run really fast.”

The Keeleys have been coming to the fall festival for three years.

“We enjoy the fun games for the kids,” Jodi said. “We get to enjoy the pumpkin patch and the petting zoo. She loves the petting zoo.”

Over in the petting zoo, children experienced life on the farm with goats, chickens, rabbits, dogs, a guinea pig and a snake.

Kara Cole and her daughters were enjoying the animals.

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s an opportunity to see lots of animals we don’t get to see,” the Minden resident said. “Our little one really likes to look at the animals, and the older one’s excited about the race.”

4-H member Mark Dieter helped the children feed one of the goats.

“We all love animals. it’s fun for the community,” he said. “Goats are friendly. You never have to worry about a goat doing anything mean.”

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