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🎃 Gourd big or go home
A pumpkin patch at Boa Vista Orchards.
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With the first leaves descending to the ground comes the time-honored tradition of jack-o'-lanterns — and promptly leaving them on your porch until they rot. Here are five pumpkin patches around Sacramento you should carve out time to visit.

Boa Vista Orchards

  • 2952 Carson Rd., Placerville
  • Mon.-Sun., 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Located in Apple Hill, this pumpkin patch is stocked with new gourds every day and is dotted with cutouts + backdrops for you to pose with.

Vierra Farms

  • Opening Day: Saturday, Sept. 23
  • 3010 Burrows Ave., West Sacramento
  • Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. + Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
The city’s largest pumpkin patch also has a cornucopia of activities for visitors to enjoy, from pig races to princess shows.

Cool Patch Pumpkins

  • Opening Day: Saturday, Sept. 23
  • 6150 Dixon Ave. West, Dixon
  • Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Come for a pumpkin, stay for the largest corn maze in the world. You can also take a corn bath —whatever the heck that is — for just $5.

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A map of the 2022 corn maze.

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Photo by SACtoday Staff

Fog Willow Farms

  • Opening Day: Wednesday, Sept. 27
  • 11011 Cecatra Dr., Wilton
  • Mon.-Fri., 12-6 p.m. + Sat.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hop on a hay ride, pet some pretty critters, grab your ‘kin, and do it all while chowing down on some homemade fudge.

Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Farm

  • Opening Day: Sunday, Oct. 1
  • 6950 Cavitt Stallman Rd., Granite Bay
  • Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-Sunset
Visitors can take a ride on some vintage farm equipment and try to spot all the skeletons hidden around this Placer County farm.

Still not enough pumpkin for you? Elk Grove’s Giant Pumpkin Festival returns for free on Saturday, Oct. 7, + Sunday, Oct. 8, at Elk Grove Park.
 
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Do you paint or carve your pumpkin?

A. I’m a painter
B. I’m a carver
C. I just eat that bad boy
 
Events
 
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Trucks and Such | Friday, Sept. 15 | 5-8 p.m. | Garcia Bend Park, 7654 Pocket Rd., Sacramento | Free | Dine at one of your favorite local food trucks and enjoy an evening of family-friendly fun.
  • Clarksburg Country Nights | Friday, Sept. 15-Saturday, Sept. 16 | Times vary | Bogle Family Vineyards, 37783 County Rd. 144, Clarksburg | $50-$170 | Hear stories and songs from three Nashville-area singer/songwriters, who have made hits for Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, and more.
  • Murder Mystery Dinner: I Love The 80s...to Death | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Hard Rock Live, 3317 Forty Mile Rd., Wheatland | $60 | Dress in your 80s best for an evening of drinks, food, and whodunnit.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Butterfly Fest 2023 | Saturday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Secret Garden, 8450 W Stockton Blvd., Sacramento | Free | Check out hundreds of butterflies stopping by Sac on their annual migration, and participate in educational activities.
  • Sacramento Republic FC vs. El Paso Locomotive | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 7 p.m. | Heart Health Park, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento | $17-$200 | What better way to celebrate 916 Day than with your favorite club?
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🗓️ Add to cal: HER Women’s Conference
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Through thought-provoking discussions, engaging workshops, and inspiring keynote speakers, the conference aims to ignite the spark within every woman.|Photo provided by Choose Folsom
You’re invited to immerse yourself in insightful, expert-led discussions designed to empower your journey in health, catalyze your entrepreneurial aspirations, and enrich your personal and professional relationships at the 2023 HER Women’s Conference, happening on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Prepare to be captivated by the finest voices that embody whole-person health, entrepreneurship, and relationships. This year’s keynote speakers include Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., and Lauren Johnson, a mental performance coach + speaker.
 
News Notes
 
Sports
  • The Kings have signed Folsom High School alum Jordan Ford to their roster. Ford played for the G League Stockton Kings last year, averaging more than 16 points and five assists per game during the Las Vegas Summer League. (FOX40)
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  • California State University officials have approved a 6% increase to the cost of tuition. The price hike will go into effect in the fall of 2024, with additional 6% increases over the next five years. For Sac State, this means an increase in in-state tuition from $3,801 to $4,029 for students taking more than six units per semester. (KCRA 3)
Development
  • A proposal has been submitted to transform 25 acres of land in Roseville into a new housing + shopping hub. President Howard Justus of development firm Justus Enterprises likened the vision for the area, dubbed Roseville Commons, to San Jose’s Santana Row. (Sac Biz Journal)
Coming Soon
  • Marysville residents waiting for their area’s Costco to open will have to wait a little longer — officials with the wholesale retailer announced the store’s opening date has been pushed from Thursday, Oct. 5, to Friday, Oct. 27. Guests can stop by 1214 N. Beale Rd. in Linda to get their membership before the warehouse opens. (ABC 10)
Drink
  • It’s been a record-hot summer — and we still haven’t drank water since 1997. But this water brand makes us want to actually stay hydrated. It’s infused with fruit essences and has zero calories, diet sweeteners, and sugar, and still manages to taste great. New customers score 36 bottles for $36 + free shipping.*
Fun Fact
  • Whiskey returned 314% over the last 10 years. Invest in fine whiskeys and wines with Vinovest to diversify your portfolio and watch it age like fine wine.*
 
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Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “ridin’ dirty.”|Photo by Lisa Zeng
Looking for a way to spend your Sunday that isn’t sitting around watching football and eating wings? The BMX Northern California State Finals is wheeling its way to Roseville this Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.

Guests can stop by Oak Creek BMX at 648 Riverside Ave. to check out the action as 2,500 riders from across the state compete in heart-pounding races that can last as little as 30 seconds — meaning each competitor needs to be at the top of their game to win.

Officials with Placer Valley Tourism expect the event to bring in $1 million to the local economy — and you know we’re all about keeping things local here at SACtoday.
 
 
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Shout out to reader Bill M., who told us he’s celebrating 916 Day tomorrow by also celebrating his 58th birthday. 🎉
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