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Special Access opens Pumpkin Maze
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The Rat Roller, a new attraction, was a big hit for youngsters in the Joshua Cowell Elementary School SDC. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT / The Bulletin

They got to try almost everything at Del’Osso Family Farms.

The new Rat Roller along with the tire swing, pedal race cars, giant slide, train ride, hay ride, and, of course, the corn maze.

Special Day on Farm attracted some 2,200 from various programs throughout the area – included were those of the counties of San Joaquin. Stanislaus, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Merced, according to Elaine Thompson.

For 32 years, the local Kiwanis clubs have sponsored the event benefiting those with children and adults with special needs.

Thompson of the Kiwanis Club of Stockton credits the various donors and supporters for making possible Special Day on Farm at the place in Lathrop.

Renegade Winery of Mokelumne Hill held special fundraising events in recent years.

Sue Rueger, who, along with her husband Mark are owners of this small Amador County winery, also helps out at Special Day on the Farm.

“I love coming out here,” she said. “I always enjoy seeing all the smiling faces.”

Ditto that for Nichelle James of the Special Day Class at McKinley Elementary School.

For the past two years, she’s helped chaperone SDC students of the Tracy Unified program.

“I look forward to coming here as much as they do,” James said.

Youngsters in the Joshua Cowell Elementary School SDC program found the Rat Roller much to their liking.

That’s one of the new attractions at Dell’Osso Family Farms, which officially opens today for the 22nd Great Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze.

Jackson, 8, from the Joshua Cowell program enjoyed both the Rat Roller and the tire swing. The third-grade student also proudly sported his special ‘JC Boo Crew’ green t-shirt to mark the occasion.

“After this, we’re taking them to the corn maze and the hay ride,” said Ramona Fuentes, who is a paraprofessional in the SDC program at the Manteca Unified site.

Those in attendance also enjoyed a free lunch cooked and served by the numerous volunteers.

Dell’Osso Family Farms is located on Interstate 5 (take the Manthey Road exit) just south of the Highway 120 Bypass.

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