Dozens of costumed children, along with their parent, took over Lions Park in Zionsville Sunday, Oct. 27, to celebrate fall with the Zionsville Lions Club’s Pumpkins & Hayrides event.

The festivities included bounce houses, pumpkin picking and painting, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin ring toss, costume contests, and more.

“It’s good wholesome family fun,” Zionsville resident Michelle Kimbrough said. “It has the small town feel. You run into people you don’t always get to see. It’s amazing all they (the Lions Club) do for the community to give back.”

Gail Robbins, Pumpkins & Hayrides chairman, said the event serves as a thank you to the community.

“The event has grown over the years,” Robbins said. “Thousands (of people) show up. We don’t want people to be bored so we change up the games.”

Robbins said other additions this year included another tractor for two hayrides to run at the same time and a more challenging bounce house.

“Miss Indiana titleholders are always a hit,” Robbins said. “The hayrides and pumpkin painting are favorites as well. We started the event with 800 little pie pumpkins. Pie pumpkins are best because we have younger families and smaller children who attend.”

Families were also able to browse the vendors in attendance or play on the playground during the event. The annual event is always held on the fourth Sunday in October.

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