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UNICEF Festival 2009 invites families for fun, games, and plenty of pumpkin

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Families dressed in costume are invited to come spend a classic crisp autumn day at Jones Family Farms’ Pumpkinseed Hill for their annual UNICEF Family Festival from 10am – 4pm on Saturday October 24 and Sunday the 25th. Games and crafts for kids will include pumpkin painting and button making. Face painting, beanbag tosses, funny fortunetellers, entertainment and more will be available for families to enjoy. All of this added onto the hayrides, corn maze and of course pumpkin picking makes for a fun adventure – all while benefiting the UNICEF organization.

Celebrating Connecticut’s own P.T. Barnum and the circus, the Jones Family Farms has transformed Pumpkinseed Hill into a circus themed event. Sets remind people of circus animal houses, feature paintings of trained seals and dancing bears, fun photo opportunities abound where you can have your picture in a classic farm setting, as a box of Animal Crackers, as Barnum’s Swedish Nightingale – Jenny Lind or Tom Thumb and even riding an elephant!

Entertainment will take place on the Barnum Sideshow Stage throughout the weekend. Led by the Jones Family Farm Ringmaster both days will feature fun farm kid shows and characters in costumes. Saturday performances will include champion pumpkin carver Bob Bonazzo, magician Bryan Lizotte, musician Mike “The Muffin Man” Binck, and Sunday spotlights the return of performers from Center Stage Theater in Shelton. Gina Scarpa, director at Center Stage, said: “Center Stage is thrilled to be back performing at Jones Family Farms for the second year in a row. The Jones Family have always been incredible supporters of Center Stage and we are happy to be able to be able to give back and perform for the UNICEF festival!”

What about the pumpkins? Well, thanks to innovative growing methods, Jones Family Farm is full of them! The farm grows over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds on their farm. While many farms have had lesser crops than usual, or bring in crops from other areas – the Joneses are happy to report that all their pumpkins are grown right on the property and they have a big beautiful supply for everyone. Take a hayride out to pick one out of the fields or pick your beauty from the main sales yard. Select some great squash varieties for cooking your autumn meals out of the Jones Family Farms Express Circus Train filled with squash such as; buttercup, ambercup, delicatta, acorn and more.

Do you have a circus strong man in the family? The All-You-Can-Carry pumpkin special will be in full gear for UNICEF weekend. Help load up the arms of a member of your family and all the pumpkins they can carry across the finish line will only total $29! “The all-you-can-carry is a great way for guests to share the harvest with folks who may be homebound and help the UNICEF mission” said farmer Terry Jones.

Since 1985, the Jones Family has invited families to come enjoy their autumn harvest and have fun at the festival all while helping UNICEF. With the help of the community the farm has been able to donate well over $85.000 to UNICEF over the years and hopes people will come help do it again.

Jones Family Farms, where memories are ALWAYS in season, is located in Shelton, Connecticut, off Route 110 – 5 miles North of Shelton Center and 2 miles south of the junction of Route 110 and 111 in Monroe. For more hours, directions and other information call the Farmer Jones crop-info line – (203) 929-8425 or visit the Jones website and blog at: JonesFamilyFarms.com. You can also follow Jones Family Farms on Facebook and Twitter.

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