Photos by Sharyn Cornelius: Older kids enjoyed trying out their trampoline skills on the Power Jump apparatus at the Nash Ranch.

Nash Ranch Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze and Haunted House open for visitors

Antique tractor pulls set for Oct. 8 & 9

     The Nash Ranch opened for its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.  Despite glowering skies and a cool breeze, a steady stream of families arrived to pick out their Halloween pumpkins and take advantage of the low cost entertainment for young children, who could run through the hay bale maze or frolic in the “Little Kids Playground” for free and play on the bounce house obstacle course and slide for as long as they wanted for just $2.

For older kids and adults, the Nash Ranch offers trips through the Corn Maze for $6 per person.  The Maze is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and until 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  On Halloween Night the maze will be open until 9:00 p.m. and the cost is only $4.00.

The haunted House “Dreams of Darkness” will also be open on Halloween from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  It is open on Friday and Saturday night from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.  Cost is $10 per person.  It is also open during the afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays for $5.00 per person.

A new feature this year for older kids is the Power Jump—like a trampoline with a safety harness.  Cost is $7.00 per person

Owner Bob Nash said they had a spectacular crop of pumpkins this year, both for carving Jack-o-lanterns and sugar pumpkins for baking.  They also sell

A little girl becomes acquainted with the Nash Family’s pet turkey on opening day.

decorative produce such as colorful squash, Indian corn, gourds, and corn stalks, all grown on the ranch and pesticide free.

As has been true from the beginning, the Nash Ranch invited local schools and 4-H clubs to operate the parking and food booths and keep all the proceeds.  On Oct. 1, students from Central Valley High School did the honors.  The $2 parking donation benefits local teens.  There is no admission fee.

On Oct. 8 and 9 the Nor Cal Antique Tractor and Engine Club will hold their annual tractor pulls and equipment show at the Nash Ranch.  If you love seeing old farm equipment in action this is the place to be.