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Pumpkin-orange dominant color at Aurora's Blackberry Farm
By Ann Piccininni | Daily Herald Correspondent
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Published: 10/9/2008 12:00 AM

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A sea of orange will greet visitors to Blackberry Farm in Aurora this weekend, a hue that can't be ascribed solely to turning leaves.

"The entire park is decorated with pumpkins," said Jolene Kremer, marketing and communications superintendent for Fox Valley Park District. "It's one of the most popular things we do out at Blackberry Farm."

The second of four "Pumpkin Weekends" at the farm this month, this weekend's festivities will feature an added bonus: a craft show.

Heavy rains postponed the show, originally scheduled for Sept. 14.

"We got flooded out," craft show organizer Kadie O'Connor said. "The park district and Blackberry Farm have been extremely generous and offered us another weekend - and we've expanded it from one to two days."

Thirty crafters will display their wares.

"Most of the people who were supposed to be there on Sept. 14 are available to transfer over," O'Connor said.

Shoppers on the prowl for treasures to feather their autumn nests will find hand-woven baskets, photographs suitable for hanging and a variety of knickknacks and seasonally themed pieces.

"Everything has to be juried and handmade," said O'Connor, adding that no items are in the resale or wholesale categories.

O'Connor said this is the first show she's bringing, as a craft show promoter, to Blackberry Farm.

If Mother Nature doles out a repeat of the violent storms that hit in mid-September, the show will not go on. But a light sprinkle or two won't stand in the way, O'Connor said.

"Most of the crafters bring canopies to put up. If it's really bad, we do have a backup, with Sunday. Hopefully, we'll be there for two days," she said. "We're praying and hoping for good weather."

The weekend also will offer visitors a look at a scarecrow display, carousel and hay rides.

And, Kremer said, the "pumpkin train" will chug out into the pumpkin patch, where riders can get off to pick out their own pumpkins, which they can decorate on the park grounds.

Pumpkin weekends continue through October, with a trick-or-treat walk scheduled for Oct. 18 and a decorated pumpkin display on Oct. 25 and 26.

Craft Fair and Pumpkin Weekend

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12

Where: Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora

Cost: $3

Info: (630) 897-0516 or