Inaugural fall fest a success

Onida native Danielle Rausch parlayed a wish for doing a pumpkin patch into an event that offered activities for the entire family.

Rausch makes her home on an acreage just outside Onida with her husband Kyle and their children Eli and Emily. “I’ve always wanted to host a pumpkin patch, and I thought, ‘it’s great to have pumpkins, but it would be nice to have more to offer.’ I started brainstorming, and that’s how this all came about.”

In addition to the pumpkin patch, people who took in the fall festival had opportunities to explore the Rausch’s chicken coop; play on their big play set; purchase s’mores kits and make s’mores around the big campfire that was burning; wine tasting by Karla Kendrick; a concession stand, bake sale and face painting by the Bradberry family; the

Brewbirds coffee truck; Onida Fire Department fire trucks; a kiddie train; and Pressed Art by Katie Henglefelt. “I sold earings and fresh flowers and crafts,” said Rausch.

Rausch says that the event came together with volunteers and vendors. “The bake sale sold out within a half an hour,” said Rausch. “We had a huge turnout, a lot of people from town, but also from out of town.”

“My husband deserves a lot of the credit, too,” said Rausch. “He grew all the pumpkins.”