PumpkinsThe first Downtown Venetucci Pumpkin Patch will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at Acacia Park. The pumpkin patch is sponsored by ANB Bank and Bryan Construction and will coincide with the regular Downtown Sunday Market. All pumpkins will cost $6, with all proceeds going to Venetucci Farm, and initiative of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

“We really wanted to bring a pumpkin patch to downtown,” said Laurel Prud-homme, communications and events director for the Downtown Partnership. “Who better to partner with than Venetucci Farm? They’re the gold standard when it comes to local pumpkins and community spirit.”

The pumpkin patch is in conjunction with the Downtown Sunday Market, a weekly farmer and artisan marketplace with Colorado-grown fruits, vegetables, meats and honey as well as local baked goods, chocolates, savory pies, handcrafted items, weekly guest vendors and musical performances. The pumpkin patch will coincide with regular market hours.

“This is a great way to help cap off this successful season for the Downtown Sunday Market,” said Whitney Calhoun, PPCF programs manager. “The Pikes Peak Community Foundation is excited to bring the Venetucci Farm experience to the heart of Colorado Springs.”

In the spirit of Halloween fun, a “vampire” blood drive will also take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. The Penrose-St. Francis Blood Vessel Mobile Unit will be parked at 104 N. Tejon St. and walk-ins are welcome. Appointments, however, are preferred to avoid waits. Several downtown merchants are offering specials to those who donate and on-street parking is free on Sundays.

Additional activities are also planned for Sunday, Oct. 26, the last week of the Downtown Sunday Market, including a carved-pumpkin contest and costume parade. Information about the Venetucci pumpkin patch, blood drive, carved-pumpkin contest or Downtown Sunday Market can be found at downtownCS.com/market.

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