Ravi Kumar garnered 1st Place for “Awaiting Halloween” in the Open Category of the 3rd Annual Rotary Club of Santa Paula Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch Photo Contest. It was truly Just Pumpkins for this category’s 1st Place winner, Amparo Rios for her “Pumpkin Patch Beauty.” Pumpkin Chucker in Action meant a 1st Place for photographer Christine McBride’s “Pumpkin in the Sky.” Photographer Meghan Payne “Found One” and a 1st Place prize in the Family Fun category.

Santa Paula Rotary Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch photo winners named

November 22, 2013
Santa Paula News

By Peggy Kelly 

Santa Paula Times 

One is a girl grinning broadly as she sits in a sea of pumpkins, another shows a boy headed away with the perfect pumpkin while a third depicts a notorious weapon of ancient times now used for frolic.... and lastly is a portrait of a stately cucurbita pepo, the symbol of all good times had in October at the annual Rotary Club of Santa Paula Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch.

And that included the winners of the Pumpkin Patch Photo Contest, whose photos were just posted on the patch’s Facebook page and the best photographers’ named.

Winners of the 2013 Rotary Club of Santa Paula Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch Photo Contest are: Family Fun 1st Place to Meghan Payne for “Found One”; Just Pumpkins 1st Place to Amparo Rios for “Pumpkin Patch Beauty”; Pumpkin Chucker in Action 1st Place to Christine McBride for “Pumpkin in the Sky”; and Open Category 1st Place to Ravi Kumar for “Awaiting Halloween”.

All other entries received an Honorable Mention.

Judges were Cynthia Dunbar, MaryAnne Mobley and John Nichols.

With its wide expanse of pumpkins, gourds and squashes, bank of tall sunflowers, Hay Pyramid, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Chucker and kid’s activities, the famed Faulkner Farm Red Barn and the historic Faulkner home (now owned by UC Thelma Hansen Trust) and the magnificent background provided by South Mountain each year makes the annual Pumpkin Patch the perfect place for photos and video. 

Held each Saturday and Sunday in October, the Pumpkin Patch provides family fun from musical entertainment and face painting to hayrides, a petting zoo and agriculture displays.

Thousands of people from throughout the state visit the patch-the only such nonprofit event in Ventura County-each year to enjoy the attractions and Santa Paula’s famed mild weather. 

And many visitors bring a camera, an observation that prompted the Rotary Club to create the photo contest in 2010. There were almost 200 entries in the 2013 contest and those who ranked highest each received a $50 prize.

“It is always exciting to get so many excellent entries,” said Nichols, a noted photographer and art/museum curator.  

“Each photographer had a unique way of seeing the exquisite details that abound at the Santa Paula Rotary Pumpkin Patch at Faulkner Farm,” and Nichols said those who view the photographs, “Can see how much the Pumpkin Patch does to create a family holiday tradition and provide lasting memories.”

For more information on the annual Rotary Cub of Santa Paula Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch visit www.faulknerfarmpumpkinpatch.com 

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