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Events ring in fall
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It’s just starting to cool off, but fall will certainly be in the air this weekend as seasonal events take place across Richmond Hill, including the Pumpkin Patch, Wildcat Romp and Ford Plantation tour.
It’s time once again for the annual Pumpkin Patch in J.F. Gregory Park. This event is sponsored by the Richmond Hill Garden Club and will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more details, turn to Life on the Hill on page 19.
And just down the road will be the first ever Wildcat Romp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the bus lanes of Richmond Hill Primary, Richmond Hill Elementary and G.W. Carver Elementary schools. Tickets will be $1.
Karen Becker, Carver PTSO president, said the fall festival will have something for the whole family, including a rock-climbing wall, hamster roll, laser tag, inflatables, great games, food and even a chance to dunk teachers and principals in the dunk tank. Also at the festival will be a classic car show, a hay ride and activities with the police and fire departments.
“We used to do a spring fling about five years ago, and we had a lot of people in the community that said they wished we would do something like that again…,” she said. “We just thought this would be the perfect time to give people what they want.”
All proceeds from the festival will go toward the purchase of playground equipment for the three schools.
Becker said the funding goals might be high, but each school is hoping to raise $12,000 to $14,000. She said each school has presold more than 200 tickets each, and many area businesses have sponsored portions of the festival at as much as around $1,000 or more.
Becker said it’s taken a lot of planning to pull the festival together and expects a good turnout Saturday.
“We started the early planning stages in January, so it’s taken some time,” she said. “And this is something we would like to continue to do, especially if we get a good response from the community.”
For more information on the Wildcat Romp, call 659-9785.
Folks will also have the chance to take a tour of the Ford Plantation from 1-3 p.m. Saturday with the Richmond Hill Historical Society.
Attendants will be picked up by trolley car from the Richmond Hill Museum grounds and taken to the Ford Plantation. There will be a tour conductor on the trolley to present a commentary during the tour of the grounds and historic sites.
An afternoon reception will be held at the museum following the tour.
Tickets are $30 for historical society members and $35 for non-members. There are a limited number of tickets, which are on sale through the Richmond Hill Historical Society and Museum.
For more information or to reserve space, please call 756-3697.

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