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All Things Orange and Round in Calabasas

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    Pumpkin pioneers: “Calabaza” means pumpkin in Spanish, where better to host a pumpkin festival than in Calabasas in the San Fernando Valley? The two-day festival will take place from October 16-17.  It's located in the Juan Bautista de Anza Park.  Free parking and shuttles for all.  Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the gate.  Kiddies under two years old get in free.

    Smashing pumpkins: Pumpkin bowling, pumpkin seed spitting, pumpkin painting, professional pumpkin carving and pumpkin pie eating contest that you can wash down with a nice cold beer—pumpkin flavored! Whew! That’s a lot of punkin’.  Aside from the famously orange fruit to keep you entertained, there will be a car show, arts and crafts, face painting, a reptiles and nature show and a lot of funky bands.  After leaving the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, you might have pumpkin on your mind and perhaps a bit in your hair, but it's well worth the smashing good time.

    Did you know: Pumpkins were once used as a tool for removing freckles and curing snakebites.  The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.  Pumpkins are 90 percent water.  And pumpkins are actually a fruit.  Now you have some neat Halloween party convo starters.  Your welcome!