VACAVILLE — Classic rock blaring, children screaming . . . and Halloween squash floating in the pool.
It sounded like a scene out of the middle of summer, not late October.
But highs in the mid 80s made the city of Vacaville’s Floating Pumpkin Patch at the Graham Aquatics Center a good option Saturday, as close to 100 people filed through the gates to swim for their Halloween pumpkins and get in one final day at the city pool.
“It’s just a different take on a pumpkin patch, pumpkins float,” said Danielle Waters, a recreation coordinator with the city’s Community Services Department. “We’re just trying to do a couple different events at the pool, try something different.”
The floating pumpkin patch is not new to the city, but this year’s was a hit.
Families populated the pool deck, some catching some sun, others splashing in the various pools.
Brian Indelicato of Vacaville watched as his sons took advantage of the games and prizes available.
He said the family tries to get to as many city events as they can.
“Vacaville offers the most, it seems. I come from Napa Valley and Vacaville seems to offer the most,” he said.
While the pool wasn’t packed, that worked to the advantage of everyone.
“A quiet turnout, but that’s not a bad thing, the kids can ride as many times as they want,” Indelicato said as the boys made for the waterslides. “The pool is perfect. Swimming in late October, we’ll take it. I’m actually dodging the sun.”
Dominic Indelicato, 11, said the slides were his favorite thing.
“(I’ve gone) about 20 times,” he said, adding that he liked the tube slide the best.
Getting pumpkins from a pool instead of the traditional pumpkin patch was a novelty.
“I think it’s like a lot more entertaining way to get the pumpkins,” he said. “I really like it so far.”
Dominic’s brother, Ethyn Marrero, 10, was also having fun with the pool features.
“I did the giant thing where you jump off (high dive),” he said as the boys prepared for another round.
Young Matthew Indelicato, 8, was having a blast with his brothers, especially with the tube slide.
“It’s pitch black in there and it gets scary,” he said.
Other families took advantage of the pumpkin decorating station, which Waters said prevented the mess of carving the pumpkins on site.
The city provided everything from sequins and glitter to googly eyes to make the pumpkins festive.
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