You can get pumpkins much closer to base, but we trekked out to the Murray Family Farms (62 miles west on Rt 58) for the full experience. Their $10 deal this year got you a hay ride to a pumpkin patch where you could pick a small pumpkin, a couple of weak corn mazes, a petting farm and pig races.
The pumpkin was worth about $3 and the corn mazes another $2 (we didn't pet the goats). And had that been all we did, I would have left unhappy. But some guy in a trailer brought four pigs and used Velcro to secure colored jerseys to each. He set up a chicken wire racing track and sent the pigs on a race. I've never seen such a spectacle. The Antelope Valley Fair had 'Mutton Bustin' last year (kids under age 6 riding sheep). But the pig races were something new and something fabulous. They were worth the $10 admission and made my day.
Murray Family Farms is hokey. The produce is expensive. And it's far. But if you're in the right mood, it can be a hoot, especially if they've got racing pigs!
Consider stopping at the Tehachapi Loop to watch a train loop over itself at this engineering marvel. And plan for dinner in Tehachapi on the way home.
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