More than 6,000 pumpkins will be handed out free to children Saturday in Antelope as part of a huge autumn celebration.
Billed as "America's largest free pumpkin giveaway," the Antelope Pumpkin Farm party also will offer families free hot dogs, soda and children activities such as hayrides, train rides, carnival games, face painting, bounce houses and arts and crafts. The event is hosted by the Antelope Christian Center.
According to Pastor Bill Clements, the party is a way to help kids cope during tough economic times.
"America's worst historical economy is stealing smiles from children," he said. "Seeing their favorite store unexpectedly closed or, worse yet, finding out their school is closed because of budget cuts is breaking the hearts of children. As families continue to struggle with unemployment and underemployment, children are struggling to find a reason to smile.
The event's goal: "Putting a smile on the face of every child," he said.
Clements estimates that the annual event has handed out more than 200 tons of pumpkins since it began in 2002.
The party starts at noon Saturday. The pumpkin farm is located on the church grounds, 4533 Antelope Road, Antelope.
For more details, click on www.antelopechristian.org or call (916) 722-6108.