There were plenty of pumpkins to choose from on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Vella Farms in nearby Modesto, with the ongoing pumpkin patch there also hosting a visit by the Salida Rotary for World Polio Day.
The double duty event raised awareness of the Rotary Club’s work in polio eradication efforts and also gave youngsters the chance to paint pumpkins for the Halloween holiday. Visiting the pumpkin patch and finding the right one for painting and taking home was 8-year-old Jacob Platts of Riverbank, who was there with his mom, Kristin. She serves as president of the Riverbank Historical Society and said they were enjoying the chance to get out in the fresh air and support a good cause.
Proceeds of the day were earmarked for three charities: the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County, VIPS – Visually Impaired Persons Support, and the Salida Rotary.