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Pumpkin patch roundup


Manatee County
Braden River Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
— runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31, at Braden River Methodist Church, 5858 44th Ave. E., Bradenton. This annual pumpkin patch returns with a wide selection of pumpkins and gourds. Free entry. For more information, call 745-1663.

Dakin Dairy Pumpkin Patch — runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through Oct. 31, at Dakin Dairy Farms, 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City. Free entry. For more information, call 322-2802

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival — runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 and Oct. 26 and 27, at Hunsader Farms, 5500 County Road 675. Buy your pumpkins, go on a hayride, enjoy craft booths, scarecrow displays and corn maze and compete in a frog-jumping competition while enjoying live music and the fall weather. Admission is $8. Free for children under 12. Parking is $5. For information, call 322-2168.

Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival
— takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19, and 20 and Oct. 26 and 27, at Fruitville Grove, 7410 Fruitville Road. Features a pumpkin patch, crafters, pony rides, hayrides, face painting, live music, games, food and more. Free. Call 377-0896.

St. James Pumpkin Patch Party Fundraiser— runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. James UMC, 2049 N. Honore Ave. Popcorn, pumpkin goodies, scavenger hunt, hayride, crafts, bonfire with s’mores and more. The pumpkin patch is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. For information, visit

Sarasota Pumpkin Festival — takes place from noon to 10 p.m. Friday Oct. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 27, at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota. The 5th annual pumpkin festival will feature a pumpkin patch, live music, street performers, carnival rides, pie-eating contest, games, face painting, hayrides, pony rides and food. Benefits the Lazarus Foundation Kids Force. Pre-sale tickets through Oct. 24 are $5; $7 at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free. Parking donation is $3. Call 706-3102.


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