Huge pumpkins, pig races, a petting zoo, rides on a mini train -- just a few of the attractions available to guests beginning today at Temecula's Peltzer Farms, which will celebrate its pumpkin festival through Halloween.
Visitors can scour the farm's pumpkin patch and buy gourds as large as 100 pounds. Corn, squash and other veggies are also available to purchase, or eat on-site at the cafe.
There will be pony rides and short trips aboard a 12-passenger train daily, according to organizers.
An acre-wide corn maze -- with stalks as high as 10 feet -- will be available for kids to try out, along with a giant mound of hay and a petting zoo filled with goats, sheep, ponies and other animals.
The farm's unique tractor collection will be on display, and the Peltzer Mining Co. will offer visitors a chance to pan for a variety of "unpolished gems" in a sluice box.
The farm will be open weekdays from 3 to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Most exhibits are free, though visitors will be charged anywhere from $2 to $5 for train and pony rides, petting zoo access and panning.
More information is available at http://peltzerfarms.com/. --City News Service