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🎃 Arizona's Top Pumpkin Patches, Theatrical Escapes, Mesa's Construction Zone Tragedy, and More!

Issue #24 - October 19, 2023

In this Gilbert Thrive Issue…

🎃 Discover the Hidden Treasures of Autumn: Arizona's Top Pumpkin Patches!

🎭 Join Agnes on an Epic Journey in This Dramatic Comedy at Tuscany Theatre

☠ Driver Swerves into Construction Zone, Fatally Strikes Worker in Mesa

🎈 Discover Local Events Coming Soon

And more…

Discover the Hidden Treasures of Autumn: Arizona's Top Pumpkin Patches!

Get ready for an enchanting autumn adventure as we unveil Arizona's top pumpkin patches! While the Copper State might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of pumpkins, it offers a hidden world of pumpkin treasures. October is the prime time to visit these family-friendly destinations.

1. MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch (Scottsdale)
Venture to 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona, to explore the delightful MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch. This family-owned gem is a quintessential fall destination with its Old West charm. Enjoy scenic hayrides through the desert landscape and pick from an array of pumpkins in various shapes and sizes. Beyond pumpkins, indulge in activities like a petting zoo and corn maze, all while immersed in the Old West atmosphere.

2. Apple Annie’s Orchard Pumpkin Patch (Wilcox)
For a memorable autumn experience, visit 2081 W Hardy Rd, Willcox, Arizona, and discover Apple Annie’s Orchard Pumpkin Patch. This charming patch boasts a wide variety of pumpkins and colorful gourds, perfect for carving and decorating. Engage in a thrilling corn maze adventure, take a scenic hayride, or let the kids enjoy the playground and farm animals. Apple Annie's Orchard promises to capture the essence of fall in Wilcox.

3. Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party (Queen Creek)
Head to 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, Arizona, for a truly festive experience at Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party. Choose your perfect pumpkin and savor mouthwatering chili recipes in a lively cook-off. Enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, corn mazes, and a miniature train. With its rustic charm and a bustling marketplace, Schnepf Farms creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for visitors of all ages.

4. Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Fest and Corn Maze (Dewey)
Discover the charming Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Fest and Corn Maze at 12907 E State Route 169, Dewey, Arizona. Explore their sprawling pumpkin patch, try the exciting corn maze, or enjoy activities like hayrides, a petting zoo, and even a pumpkin cannon show. With its picturesque setting and warm festival atmosphere, it's the perfect fall escape for friends and families.

5. Veruccio Farms Fall Festival (Mesa)
In Mesa, at 4011 S. Power Rd., you'll find the popular Veruccio Farms Fall Festival. This destination offers an authentic farm experience with an expansive pumpkin patch featuring a wide variety of pumpkins, a petting zoo, a fun-filled corn maze, and more. The welcoming atmosphere and picturesque desert location make it an excellent choice for celebrating autumn in Arizona.

6. Mother Nature’s Farm Pumpkin Patch (Gilbert)
Located at 1663 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, Arizona, Mother Nature’s Farm Pumpkin Patch combines pumpkin picking with family-friendly activities. Choose from a wide variety of pumpkins and participate in adventures like hayrides, a straw bounce, and navigating a spooky train ride. The farm's rustic charm and scenic beauty offer the perfect backdrop for fall festivities.

7. Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze (Glendale)
Experience the fall spirit at 5726 N 75th Ave, Glendale, Arizona, with Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze. Delight in their expansive pumpkin patch and conquer the challenging corn maze. With a petting zoo, a train ride, and a jumping pillow, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The farm's rustic charm and a vibrant marketplace create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

8. Marana Pumpkin Patch (Marana)
At 14950 N Trico Rd, Marana, Arizona, the Marana Pumpkin Patch offers a charming and welcoming autumn experience. Explore their diverse pumpkin patch, enjoy hayrides, pedal cart races, and navigate the exciting corn maze. For the little ones, there's a petting zoo, pony rides, and a pumpkin painting station. The picturesque setting in the Arizona desert adds to the charm, creating a serene backdrop for fall festivities.

With these fantastic pumpkin patches scattered across Arizona, you're in for a thrilling and festive fall adventure!

Join Agnes on an Epic Journey in This Dramatic Comedy at Tuscany Theatre

The Actors Youth Theatre presents "She Kills Monsters" from October 18-21 at Gilbert's Tuscany Theatre. The play follows Agnes Evans, who embarks on a journey into her late sister Tilly's world, a fantastical realm within Dungeons & Dragons.

This dramatic comedy, infused with homicidal fairies, ogres, and '90s pop culture, pays homage to the inner geek and warrior in all of us. Tickets range from $15 to $25, and the shows start at 7 p.m. daily, with a 2 p.m. matinee on October 21.

Don't miss this adventure!

Driver Swerves into Construction Zone, Fatally Strikes Worker in Mesa

In Mesa, a tragic accident took the life of a construction worker on Main Street and Greenfield Road. The driver, not suspected of impairment, switched lanes due to a barricade and then swerved to avoid another car.

Unfortunately, they entered a construction zone and struck the worker, who was wearing safety gear. The driver remained on the scene, and the worker, still unidentified, succumbed to injuries. Possible charges hinge on the ongoing investigation.

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We know our community is brimming with businesses that have fascinating stories and big hearts. If you're a local business owner making waves, crafting unique experiences, or simply putting a smile on our faces, we want to chat with you! Gilbert Thrive is eager to shine a light on the unsung heroes of our town. Let's collaborate and let the community know what makes your business special. Send us a message, and let's celebrate the spirit of Gilbert together!

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