The Fourth Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road in Mount Vernon. Come for a fun day of gawking at huge orange blobs, pony rides, face painting, toad races, carnival games, harvest food, music and a talk about bats (reservations requested for the bat talk).
Visitors can bring and show off your giant vegetables, big sunflowers and pumpkins grown by children. Free admission; some activities have a small fee. Details: 360-466-3821, christiansonsnursery.com.