Plunge for pumpkins in Roseville this SundayBy: Steve Archer, Gold Country Media
Children, a swimming pool and pumpkins. Seemingly, one of these does not fit except in Roseville near Halloween. That’s when the city of Roseville hosts the sixth annual Floating Pumpkin Patch and its happening this Sunday, October 21.
Started in 2013 as an alternative to traditional Halloween events, the Floating Pumpkin Patch is an opportunity for children to swim around and pick their pumpkin from the pool.
“The original idea came from other Parks and Recreation agencies holding similar events,” said Will Neville, pool manager for the city of Roseville Parks, Recreation and Library Department. “The two main sources of inspiration were from an agency in the Bay Area and one on the East Coast. They had events where you could pick a pumpkin from the pool but the difference was that you couldn’t get in the water with the pumpkins and had to fish them out with a ring or a rope.”
Neville, who oversaw the event last year and has lifeguarded the Floating Pumpkin Patch, said children should bring a swimsuit and expect to get in the pool to pick out their pumpkin. Parents might want to have a swimsuit ready as well.
“If the parents are there and the child is not a good swimmer, they should expect to get in the pool when picking out the pumpkin,” Neville said. “The smaller pool will be filled with pumpkins and the kids can swim around and pick out the pumpkin they want.”
“It’s a lot of fun for a few hours,” Neville added. “People are really excited to swim with the pumpkins. It’s not too often we do a special event in the indoor pool. It’s worth it to see the kids smiling.”
Neville said it is important to register early. As of Sept. 7, 150 area residents had already registered for the Floating Pumpkin Patch event.
There will also be a pumpkin decorating station, games and two bounce houses. Neville said the pumpkins come from Vierra Farms in West Sacramento.
Know and Go:
What: City of Roseville Parks, Recreation and Library Department’s Floating Pumpkin Patch
When: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Mike Shellito Indoor Pool, 10210 Fairway Drive, Roseville
Cost: $7 general admission and $10 if picking a pumpkin. Free for children 2 and younger, with adult admission. Pre-registration is required, as only 500 spaces are available at www.roseville.ca.us.