ARTHUR -- The Great Pumpkin Patch plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday with a variety of special free activities at an Orange Ribbon Pumpkin Fair.
The free activities include face painting by the Zoo Lady and Her Crew from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and pumpkin carving demonstrations by Mike and Matt Brown of MB Creative Studios from noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday's event also will feature several contests. There will be a photo contest for community members' pictures over the years from the Great Pumpkin Patch, a contest for decorated pumpkins and pumpkin-themed drawings or paintings, pumpkin pie eating contests at noon and 2 p.m., and pumpkin seed spitting contests at 1 and 3 p.m.
In addition, the Homer Soda Co. plans to give out samples of its vintage sodas and offer related activities on Saturday. Other festivities will include the Pumpkin Growing Showcase,in collaboration with the Douglas County Farm Bureau and local schools, and the Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-off.
The Great Pumpkin Patch's regular Saturday activities also will be available. Contest registration details and other information, including admission prices for the grounds, are available at http://the200acres.com/ or by calling 217-543-2394.