­Pumpkins and ponies

A celebration of fall

HUMBOLDT — A simple question 14 years ago led Lonnie and Bob Larson, of Humboldt, to a long tradition of hosting the annual Pumpkins and Ponies at their Springvale Farm near Humboldt.

It began with ponies.

“My husband and I gave pony rides to kids,” she said. “Then one year Bob experimented with pumpkins in the garden. They were very prolific.”

“We asked ourselves what are we going to do with all these pumpkins?” she said.

So they invited people to the farm, gave them pumpkins and pony rides and a tradition was born.

This year’s edition of Pumpkins and Ponies is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the farm, 2603 Lone Tree Road. Admission and parking are free.

“Each year it gets a little bigger,” Lonnie Larson said.

Over the years, lots of activities and performances have been added.

Among the many things, visitors can ride a stagecoach, see dancers perform with horses, watch a plowing contest and even attend church on Sunday.

“It’s a great place and space for a family to come out and spend a day,” Lonnie Larson said.

Activities and shows are geared so every age of family member can enjoy them.

“It’s for kids of all ages,” she said.

She added that in spite of the wet and unusual growing season, there are plenty of pumpkins available.

“It’s hard not to get a good pumpkin crop,” she joked.

The Larsons get plenty of help with their celebration.

“The event is kept running with the help of family, friends and neighbors,” she said. “We appreciate them very much.”

She’s keeping her fingers crossed for good weather.

“We want the sun to shine for both days.”