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Fall is an enchanting time—leaves put on their festival colors, each morning is a mystery (will there be sunshine or snow, will clouds roil in the sky or settle like warm sleepy blankets on the mountains?) the moon grows in the night sky, and fields are filled with pumpkins like orange gumballs tossed from the top of a giant beanstalk. Growing things and children belong together.

photo 1 (5)If you are in Utah County, take your children to Pumpkin Land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t know about this treasure until my son married the wonderful girl that now manages the Vineyard Garden Center, which her grandpa owns.

This year, while she finished her lunch,

 

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I wandered by myself

past the long fence of gourds.

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She caught up to me at the tomato tunnel

 

 

where I was filling my pocket with tiny golden treats.

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After circumventing the corn maze

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and admiring the fabulously shaped pumpkins

 

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still growing on vines (for children to see where they come from),

 

she took me to see the animals—my favorite part.

 

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They have adorable bunnies and goats,

Don't get your feathers in a ruff, you got to stand in the food trough yesterday.

Don’t get your feathers in a ruff, you got to stand in the food trough yesterday.

photo 1 (2)chickens,

 
What do you mean I smeared my lipstick?

What do you mean I smeared my lipstick?

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roosters,

Sir Wellingtona beautiful, friendly calf,

 
Avocado and Einstein
taken by Holly Dayley

Avocado and Einstein taken by Holly Dayleybaby pigs,

The surprise this year is that this beautiful lady is protecting

The surprise this year is that this beautiful lady is protecting

peacocks,this baby peacock--sooo adorable!

 
this baby peacock–sooo adorable!

and a few other surprises. There are also large inflatables when the weather is good where children can play and plywood cut-outs for silly pictures. At the end is a barn decked out with lights and inflatables with a Grinch (who tried to stop Halloween) theme and an eye-spy challenge for little ones.

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Pumpkin land is also a great place to get, well pumpkins!

 

But my favorite this year is my swan pumpkin.

photo 3 (3)BTW, I gathered leaves in August and dipped them in wax.

 

 

 

 

I also mod-podged old drinking glasses with burlap.

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I love this time of year!

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