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Hundreds turn out for floating pumpkin patch in Santa Rosa

  • Eighteen-month-old Maya Romero chooses a pumpkin with her parents Jennifer and Ron Romero at Ridgway Swim Center's annual floating pumpkin patch in Santa Rosa. (ALVIN JORNADA/Press Democrat)

Floating Pumpkin Patch

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Those big orange gourds really do float.

More than 300 children and adults turned out Saturday to behold them bobbing in a city pool at Santa Rosa's third annual Floating Pumpkin Patch. The event at the Ridgway Swim Center is “a family friendly alternative to going to the pumpkin patch,” said Recreation Supervisor Don Hicks.

The Indian Summer afternoon seemed perfect for a dip in the pool, followed by face painting, pumpkin decorating and various carnival games. Sebastopol apple farmer Dave Hale, a regular Ridgway lap swimmer, donated the 250 pumpkins for the third straight year.

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