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November 7, 2017 > Pumpkins in the Park a Huge Smash

Pumpkins in the Park a Huge Smash

By Rhoda J. Shapiro

MilpitasÕ 4th Annual Pumpkins in the Park festival took place in Cardoza Park on October 28. Across a three-hour time-frame, visitors enjoyed an abundance of activities; arts and crafts booths, games, and bouncy houses kept kids entertained from beginning to end.

The kids, many of whom wore Halloween costumes, also got a chance to go Òtrick-or-treatingÓ at booths run by various businesses and organizations. A petting zoo overflowing with baby pigs, goats, and chickens boasted long lines all morning. Dozens of free pumpkins lined the grassy area in the middle of the festival, and were all snapped up within the eventÕs first hour.

Also featured was a rock-climbing wall, balloon animals, dance performances, and even a pumpkin carving/decorating contest, featuring dozens of impressive and wildly creative entries. The Little Stars Learning Academy in Milpitas took First Place in the festival, with their ÒBarnyard BabiesÓ creation. It was their second First-Place win, two years in a row. Other imaginative pumpkins were carved in the shape of witches, monsters, and various symbols; one carving even depicted MilpitasÕ Mayor.

A couple thousand people from Milpitas and surrounding communities attended the free event.

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