Monday, November 9, 2015

The Great Pumpkin Hunt a Spooktacular Success

Twin pumpkins show off their painting creations at Nature Center.
The annual Great Pumpkin Hunt Halloween event at Darke County Parks filled to capacity once again this year. Serving their maximum 70 children, the staff and volunteers spent their Saturday afternoon on October 24th helping little goblins, princesses, witches, and even a minion or two find their candy and treats hidden in the woods at Shawnee Prairie. Each child had to first solve a Halloween riddle before receiving a clue to the treats’ locations.

Inside the Nature Center, the children and their families also painted and decorated pumpkins. The Darke County Park District would like to extend a huge thank you to Aultman Farms for donating all the pumpkins. From the youngest children reveling in the messiness and color of the paint to the oldest participants capturing the nuances of bats on their gourd canvases, everyone enjoyed an artistic afternoon.

Pumpkin Hunt participants also had an opportunity to take a hay ride around the prairie between stopping for treats, and over 100 people partook. Though the weather radar was a great concern all day, things stayed dry throughout the two hour event, and the rain didn’t arrive until a full hour after the event finished. Event organizer and Naturalist, Hannah Linebaugh, said, “I couldn’t be happier with the turn out. We were filled to capacity with smiling faces, and the rain stayed away until everyone was safely back inside. I’m looking forward to making the event even more fun next year.”

The Darke County Park District thanks everyone who helped or volunteered with The Great Pumpkin Hunt, some as trail monitors, paint helpers, or organizers, and some with set-up, tear down, or donations. Without the kindness and generosity of the community, events like this would not be possible. Thank you!

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