Pumpkin time: Jones Farms hosts Family Festival on weekend

Families dressed in costume are invited to Jones Family Farms’ annual UNICEF Family Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, at its Pumpkinseed Hill Farm, 120 Beardsley Road, Shelton.

Games and crafts for children will help raise money for UNICEF and The Valley Goes Pink.

Activities will include temporary tattoos, bean bag toss, gourd creature-making, and button-making.

There will be hayrides, a corn maze, and carved pumpkin figures by Bob Bonazzo. This year’s theme is “The American Cowboy.”

Entertainment will include a musical performance from Shelton’s Center Stage Theater’s Teen Cabaret on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

More than $100,000 raised for UNICEF

Farmer Terry Jones said more than $100,000 has been raised for UNICEF by the annual festival, and this is the second year The Valley Goes Pink also will be a beneficiary.

Jean Jones, who initiated the original UNICEF Festival, said the family is “thrilled” to include The Valley Goes Pink, a grass-roots initiative to create awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

Proceeds support the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital.

The Jones family has been selling pumpkins at Pumpkinseed Hill Farm for 28 years.

More than 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds are grown on the farm, including a pink variety that also raises funds for The Valley Goes Pink.