Families flocked to the Palomares House on September 28 to enjoy stagecoach rides, face painting, barbecue, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing and more on Stage Coach Sunday.
Although it was warm out, there was a constant flow of people at the event, supporting the Fallbrook Land Conservancy by buying raffle tickets, participating in a silent auction and enjoying their time with family and friends.
Children were invited to come in their Halloween costumes and play games, which made crowd-watching at the event an attraction of its own. Batman, Superman, witches, princesses and fairies took turns bobbing for apples for the first time, much to their parents’ delight and enjoyment.
Pumpkin painting allowed children to express their creativity as well as play with paint, glitter, googly eyes and glue, which is always a fun way to celebrate fall.
The stagecoach rides were great fun for participants, who were chauffeured around by cowboys, equipped with guns and all.
Riders on top of the coach were surprised during their “stage stop” when they received a cool dousing of water by a hose, which was also being used to keep the horses cool.
Adults and children alike were entertained by the Nature of Wildworks presentation, which featured a nursing baby squirrel, a fox, barn owl, red-tailed hawk and other critters.
The adults supported the land conservancy by bidding on a variety of products and services offered by area merchants, such as dinner certificates, golf lessons and consultations. Some lucky bidders won a weekend at the beach, four tickets to SeaWorld and tickets to a water park.
The barbecue dinner was a hit as well, with plenty of tasty side dishes, desserts and drinks to keep everyone satisfied.
As the evening went on, it was easy to see that the guests of Stagecoach Sunday were happy with the event and in turn helped preserve the land the Fallbrook Land Conservancy works so hard to protect.
If you were unable to attend the event but would like to make a contribution to the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, contact the main office at (760) 728-0889 or e-mail [email protected].
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