In search of the perfect pumpkin

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Looking for a slice of the Snoqualmie Valley's

traditional rural character? Visit a farm to get a pumpkin in hopes of

finding the perfect jack-o'lantern.

Some farms concentrate solely on growing

pumpkins. Others turn the hunt for the perfect pumpkin into a fun

event with hay rides, animals and hands-on activities for the


Some choices:

Carnation Tree Farm, 31523 N.E. 40th,

Carnation, (425) 333-4510. It's at the south end of Carnation, across

from Tolt Middle School.

Besides you-pick pumpkins, the farm is turning its gift

shop into a Halloween bazaar. Don't miss the scary corner and

animated items. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekends, beginning

Oct. 9.

Fall City Farms, 3636 Neal Road S.E., Fall City, (425)

222-7930. From Fall City, head north on Highway 203 and turn

west on Neal Road.

You-pick pumpkins, tours (featuring hay rides) for all

ages and visits with the animals are part of the fun. Bring your

boots. Especially fun are the pumpkin house and the sunflower

house (you can have a tea party in the sunflower house). A special

beekeeping demonstration is scheduled for Oct. 16.

During October, the farm is open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

(or dusk) Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Remlinger Farms, 32610 N.E. 32nd, Carnation, (425)

333-4135. The farm is south of Carnation, just across the Tolt River.

There's something for everybody at this farm. Children

(and some adults) will love all the fun of the Harvest Festival,

while others can relish in the fresh produce, including pumpkins,

or even pick their own. The Harvest Festival requires a gate

fee, which allows unlimited use of all rides, shows

and attractions. Remlinger Farms has plenty of fun stuff: an animal petting

barn, pony trail rides, steam train rides, a toddler play area,

inflatable slides, a hay jump and hay maze, a rollercoaster, carnival

games, stories in the Johnny Appleseed homestead and performances

by the always popular James the Puppeteer.

The Harvest Festival is open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday

and Sunday (the admission gate closes at 3:30) during

October. The produce store is open 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. The

you-pick pumpkin patch is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday.

Wells Farm & Nursery, 32925 S.E. Issaquah-Fall

City Road, Fall City, (425) 222-6266. From Fall City, follow

Issaquah-Fall City Road west.

There are plenty of pumpkins to choose from, along with a

full-scale nursery and gift shop. Visitors can pick their own

pumpkin or choose among those already picked. There's also a

Halloween display of gifts. Open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday,

10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.

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