Making Memories

Egg-splosion at Walters’ Pumpkin Patch

Bracing against the windy, forty degree weather with colorful baskets in hand, families arrived  at Walters’ Pumpkin Patch for breakfast with the Easter Bunny. 

The Easter Bunny joined hundreds of families

Walters’ annual Egg-splosion was held on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the farm located 10 minutes north of El Dorado on Highway 77. 

Egg hunters spent the morning finding colorful eggs filled with candy and toys.

After breakfast with the Easter Bunny, individual egg hunts were held divided by age groups.  Kim came all the way from Maize to join her granddaughter, Talia for the egg-splosion. They were in the 0-3 egg hunt age group. 

Visitor, Kim from Maize, with her granddaughter Talia, have breakfast with the Easter Bunny.

“We had a blast,” said Kim with Talia echoing her sentiment. 

“The drive was worth it to see the bunny,” she said.

Following the egg hunts, families gathered along the fence line of the large open field to watch the airplane egg drop and scramble to collect the eggs filled with candy and toys. 

The Easter Bunny acted as Air Traffic Controller to guide the plane down the “runway” in order to drop the eggs.

While Walters’ Pumpkin Patch is known for their fall festival which provides visitors with the opportunity to pick their own pumpkin, navigate a corn maze, and enjoy many activities, the farm transitions with the seasons to offer unique experiences for their guests.  Now, they are continuing the fun and changing perceptions with unique offerings throughout the year.

While Walters’ Pumpkin Patch has been known primarily as a fall destination, they are changing that perception with offerings throughout the year.

“Memories are the one thing we all have in common,” said Angie Day, the Events and Marketing Coordinator for  Walters’ Pumpkin Patch. 

“We harvest memories,” she said. “We are blessed to have multiple generations of families passing on the tradition of visiting Walters’ Farm numerous times throughout each year.”

The Easter Bunny welcomed guests with hugs and photos as they entered through the Pumpkin Patch gift shop.   The store’s backdrop highlighted the expansion of destination location offerings by Walters.

“Each event hosted at Walters’ Pumpkin Patch allows memories to be shared, remembered, harvested, and created,” said Day. 

“Walters’ Farm looks forward to creating additional events while honoring the traditions that have blessed many generations,” she said. 

National Night Out 2021

Family Fun with Local Law Enforcement

The annual National Night Out, held in El Dorado on Tuesday, August 3rd, brought families to East Park for an evening of fun relationship building with local law enforcement agencies. 

El Dorado Fire Department handed out hats.

According to the national organization, “National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”

“It was a great evening for the community to gather at East Park and meet one another, as well as get to know the first responders in the community,” said El Dorado Police Chief Curt Zieman. 

Young and old alike were given a look inside a patrol car.

“We had a great turnout from the public and they enjoyed the activities, information provided and seeing the emergency vehicles,” said Zieman. 

City Manager and Scout Troop Leader David Dillner manned a booth and handed out free gifts.

“We also want to say thank you to the other departments and groups who participated. Events like National Night Out are important to the El Dorado Police Department and others because it gives us the opportunity to get out in the community in a fun and relaxed setting and get to know our neighbors and the constituents we serve, as well as share important safety information with them. Those relationships are important to us and the success of our department. El Dorado is a great community and we appreciate all of the support we get.”

CPR demonstrations were among the National Night Out activities.

A drawing for prizes was conducted in partnership with the local Walmart.