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Patched in: Places to find pumpkins, gourds, mazes

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Tanya Angell, of Davis, and Pavel Markov, of Fairfield, make their way through the massive corn maze at Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, Wednesday evening. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

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From page C1 | October 13, 2013 |

DIXON — ‘Tis the season to be picking. Pumpkins, that is.

That’s just what Sacramento resident Judy Dong and her family did recently at Dixon’s Cool Patch Pumpkins. Three generations made the trip to pick out some gourds and pumpkins.

She was impressed at the variety of pumpkins available for picking.

“They’re all different, just like people,” Dong said. “They have their own personalities.”

Dong praised the Cooley Brothers, who operate Cool Patch Pumpkins, for growing the pumpkins, not just tossing them in a field for visitors to pick.

Bill Elbert and Krishna Abrams of Vacaville checked out Cool Patch Pumpkins with their children Willy Linthicum, 9, and Cameron Elbert, 5.

The children listed their favorite Cool Patch offering as the tricycles they could pedal.

Going through the 53-acre maze, billed as the world’s largest, was discussed. But memories of last year’s three-hour roam inside the corn stalks put a damper on the idea.

“We took a few wrong turns,” said Aaron Abrams of Davis. “We’re not doing the maze.”

Fairfield resident Tom Post held on to his 10-month-old grandson, Jacob Ivler, as his wife, Lynn Post, and Jacob’s 3-year-old brother, Ethan Ivler, went pumpkin-picking.

The couple picked up their grandsons just to take them to the pumpkin patch. The family also enjoyed a hay ride.

Post remembered taking his son to a pumpkin patch when he was about 3.

“We would pick the biggest,” he said. Then it had to be hauled to the car. In those days, wagons weren’t provided by the pumpkin patch, he said.

The family didn’t try the maze, but Post was impressed to know he lived so close to what is called the world’s largest maze.

More details on the Cool Patch Pumpkins can be found at www.coolpatchpumpkins.com.

Dixon is also home to the Silveyville Christmas Tree Farm and Pumpkin Patch. It, too, offers pumpkin picking as well as activities such as a fun house.

Bouncy horses offer families the opportunity to have parent-child races. A duck pond on the site is a favorite family attraction.

More details can be found at www.silveyvilletreefarm.com.

The Western Railway Museum kicked off its annual pumpkin patch this weekend. Visitors can catch one of the electric trains at the museum for a ride to the pumpkin patch at Gum Grove Station. Guests will find hay rides, live music, games, homemade baked goods, a hay bale fort and, of course, pumpkins.

For information, visit www.wrm.org.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

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Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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