Pink pumpkins and Children’s Festival at Jones Farms

Jones Family Farms in Shelton will hold its Children’s Festival for UNICEF this weekend as well as an initiative for breast cancer awareness as part of the Valley Goes Pink program.

Farmer Terry Jones estimates that with this year’s funds, the 29-year total of the festival will be $110,000 in donations for UNICEF.

Pumpkinseed Hill Farm, 120 Beardsley Road, is open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for pumpkin picking, hayrides and the corn-maze. Admission is free.

Porcelain Doll variety

Available will be the Porcelain Doll variety, developed by the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

The Jones family will contribute half of the pink pumpkin sales revenue to the Valley Goes Pink initiative of Griffin Hospital.

Poss milk cans, make gourd creatures

Children’s Festival activities take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26. Families are invited to come in Halloween costumes and enjoy kid’s games, including milk-can bowling, bean-bag toss, button-making, children tattoos and gourd-creature making.

Shelton’s Center Stage Theatre will give a musical performance Sunday at 1 p.m. Bob Bonazzo will demonstrate his creative pumpkin-carving skills on both days.

‘A welcoming place for families’

Jamie Jones, a sixth-generation farmer and winemaker who does all the farm varietal testing and selection of seeds, said it’s nice to celebrate the autumn harvest of Jones-grown products.

“We also like that our farm is a welcoming place for families to come enjoy quality time and make some memories,” Jones said.

More than 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds and grown and harvested at Jones Family Farms, off Route 110.

Learn more by calling the crop info line at 203-929-8425 or going to