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Pumpkins and prizes and pool! Oh, my!

The Sedona Parks and Recreation’s Pumpkin Splash has become one of the most popular fall events, drawing hundreds of kids and their parents. Organizers said this year should be no exception as kids will hit the community pool from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Tickets went on sale Oct. 2 and sales are open to the first 300 participants. The city recommends tickets be purchased in advance because the event sells out each year. Everyone entering the pool facility, adults and children alike, must pay a $5 entry fee.

This entry fee includes a pumpkin to take home. Those who can’t swim must wear a life jacket and be accompanied by an adult in the water. Recreation Coordinator Ali Baxter said there are a few changes in store this year, starting with the day of the week.

“October is a very busy event month for Sedona,” she said. “On top of all of the events taking place, Oct. 21 [Saturday] is the regional swim meet. Because the majority of our staff are great athletes on the swim team, we could not adequately staff the event on Saturday.”

There will be a sling shot challenge, pumpkin bowling, bobbing for apples, pumpkin ring toss, prizes, pumpkin bounce house, pumpkin decorating, a photo booth, pony painting and goodie bags. In addition, enjoy a special Trunk-Or-Treat provided by SummitLIFE.

“Kids love water and swimming,” Baxter said as to its continual popularity. “This unique event always has new activities on deck, and this is really just an easy event for parents. It’s a fully contained and clean event.”

Ron Eland can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 122 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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