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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival in San Marcos Plaza Park from 6 p.m. to 9.p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

A costume contest is among the most popular parts of the Farmer Fred’s Fall Carnival. This year, the festival is Saturday, Oct. 27 at San Marcos Plaza Park.

There will be 35 carnival games with prizes and candy, a costume contest and the movie “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” on the big screen at dark. Children are encouraged to dress in costume and participate in the costume contest.

Admission is free.

Registration for the costume contest is from 6-6:45 p.m. by the big stage in the park. Judging is at 7 p.m. for age 3 and under; 7:30 p.m. for ages 4-6; 8 p.m. for ages 7-9; and 8:30 p.m. for ages 10-12.

The haunted hayride, barrel train ride and concessions will be available for a nominal fee.

This community event is made possible by Parks and Recreation, the Texas State University Recreation Division, volunteer groups from the University and different organizations around town and our sponsors. Farmer Fred’s sponsors include: Corridor Primary Care, CTMC, Josefina V. Martizen, DDS, PA, The Hitch, TSO-San Marcos, CFAM, Emeritus @ San Marcos, Premier Cuts, & San Marcos River Pub and Grill.

For information, contact recreation program coordinator Jessica Jenkins at 512-393-8283 or email her here.

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3 thoughts on “Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival set for Saturday

  1. HERE IS A WARNING FOR THE PARENTS OF LITTLE KIDS: Last year what was billed as a barrel train ride for little kids was NOT for little kids. They took the same route as the haunted ride which meant that little kids were being scared. One little girl in particular comes to mind, she couldn’t have been more than seven years old. I heard her screaming at the top of her lungs,”MOMMY!!! HELP ME!!!”, repeatedly and I saw several other children crying. The look of terror and abandoment on her face has stuck with me. Had it been my child I would have stopped the ride. The operator of the ride didn’t care nor did the person who answered the phone at the Parks and Rec Department the next day. It was all very sad and very cruel.

  2. I am very sorry that this did not turned out as I had originally planned and I am making some changes for this year. The barrel train ride will NOT go through a ‘haunted tunnel’. Also, I will instruct my volunteers from the ‘Haunted Hayride’ to not ‘scare’ the children on the barrel train ride. I was unaware that this was too much for them, as I am the only one in charge of this event and have a lot going on during the Carnival. My email address is if you have any further questions or concerns. Thank you!

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