This blog post has been updated to reflect the Community Foundation Sonoma County award.
The Healdsburg Farmers' Market Pumpkin Fest offered a plethora of down-home fun for area residents. From pumpkin carving and scarecrow contests to pumpkin car decorating and races, the fun began at 9 a.m. with the ringing of the market bell.
The Community Foundation Sonoma County awarded Grace Vanden Huevel, who was dressed as Laura Ingalls Wilder, $100 to be given to a charitable organization of her choice. The award was given for her pumpkin car racer in the form of a covered wagon pulled by horses. (See photo.)
At least three Healdsburg City Council candidates were on hand for the festivities--Tom Chambers, Shaun McCaffery and Vern Simmons each supported the market through volunteer efforts.
For the next four Saturdays, area artisans will offer up their handcrafted goods for sale at the annual Healdsburg Farmers' Market Arts and Crafts Market.
Local artisans include DL Duggan of Rock My World, featuring yard art and terrariums. Wooden products ranging from tables to candle holders from several purveyors of recycled wine barrel art, jewelry from a number of artists, including Sun Lin Mangan of Urban Rhythm Design, as well as linens, napkins, bath and body products and more from more than 25 unique crafters.