Tolay Fall Festival 2013
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Tolay Fall Festival 2013
Fall Festival offers two weeks of old-time, nature-based fun each October at Tolay
Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma. The public is invited to the
2013 Tolay Fall Festival on the weekends of Oct. 12-13 and 19-20, and
school groups are invited the weekdays of Oct. 10-11 and 16-18.
than just a pumpkin patch, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration
connecting visitors with the beauty and history of this special park. Fall
Festival activities and displays are low-key, hands-on and educational by
- Explore the “Nighttime Creatures Barn” with its exhibits
of native and exotic snakes, birds of prey, tide pool animals, and
- Venture into the “Creepy Crawly Room,” where
tarantulas and scorpions glow under black lights.
- Take a hayride
to a pumpkin patch in the park’s back 40 and find the perfect Halloween
- Visit a replica of a Native American village and try farm
activities like wool carding and candle dipping.
- Enter the
World-Record Pumpkin-Seed Spitting Contest for a chance to win an exclusive
title and a year of bragging rights. See the 2012 results (190 kB.)
- Join experts in
archery, fly fishing and astronomy for hands-on demonstrations.
- Participate in gunnysack races, find your way through a straw maze, and pet
- Enjoy food and desserts from local vendors or bring
a picnic to enjoy at the park.
Weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $4 for adults and teens and $1 for children 12 and under. Regional
Parks members get free, one-time admission for two adults and two children and
free parking when they present their membership cards and parking tags at the
entrance. Parking for non-members is $7. Activities inside the Festival are
Tolay Lake Regional Park is at 5869 Lakeville Highway, at
the end of Cannon Lane.
Note: We are not
accepting reservations for special gatherings at the park during the Fall
Festival. Groups are welcome to attend, but picnic areas will be available
only on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Lawn games - Noon
- Scarecrow building contest - Noon
- World-record seed-spitting contest - 3 p.m.
- Extreme hay ride - 3 p.m.
educational, entertaining displays and hands-on activities with the following
Fall Festival exhibitors:
- Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
- The Olompali People
- Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM)
- Beekind Honey
- Barlas Boer Goats
- Hawk Watch
- Early Day Gas Engines
and Tractor Association
- Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters
County Astronomical Society
- Sonoma County Bowmen
County Mounted Assistance Unit
- Sonoma County Reptile Rescue
- Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District
- The Bird
- Fawn Rescue
- Petaluma High School Wildlife
A day at the Fall Festival can work up an
appetite. Enjoy food from the following vendors or bring a picnic to enjoy at the park.
- Russotti’s Dogs
- Dad & Son’s Gourmet
- El Coronel Taco Truck
School Field Trips to the Fall
More than 7,000 school children are scheduled to visit the Fall Festival on weekday field trips Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 16-18. Students will make farm- and
environmental-themed crafts, learn about local wildlife through live displays
in a historic barn, take hayrides to a pumpkin field and play old-fashioned
games. This special field trip introduces students to the role of agriculture
and farming in healthy communities.
Registration for the Fall Festival field trips is now closed. If you have already registered and have questions, please contact Christina McGuirk at (707) 789-9699 or email@example.com.
Read more about our other school programs
Volunteers play a
vital role in the Tolay Fall Festival. More than 250 volunteers are needed to
help with both the weekend public hours and the weekday field trips attended
by thousands of students. Volunteer shifts are five hours and begin at 8:30
a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. Volunteers will receive a Fall Festival T-shirt,
lunch, and a parking pass good at all Regional Parks.
volunteers are asked to attend one of the following orientations at Regional
Parks' main office and may sign up for shifts at that time.
- Thursday, October 3, 2013, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
- Saturday, October
5, 2013, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
- Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 6 p.m. - 11
To attend an orientation, please contact Volunteer
Coordinator John Ryan at (707) 565-3356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Last year's volunteers do not need to attend these orientations.)