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Maze adds spinning pumpkin ride
Skating rink new for DellOsso Christmas on the Farm
A rope course - similar to the one at the San Joaquin County Office of Education - is part of this year’s Pumpkin Maze. - photo by Bulletin file photo
LATHROP - Get ready to go for a spin this October in a pumpkin.

Dell’Osso Farms is rolling out a spinning pumpkin ride manufactured especially for the Pumpkin Maze that is preparing for its 13th season this October.

The ride is similar to the carnival-style spinning tea cup ride except the passenger compartments are shaped like pumpkins.

Also being added is a rope course, a third jumping pit, and an all new haunted house.

The rope course - similar to a confidence course at the San Joaquin County Office of Education that is used for team building - will include a series of  40-foot poles, tight ropes, and a “parachute landing” all with the participants strapped in a safety harness.

The Pumpkin Maze drew a record 140,000 people last year when the Dell’Osso Express train ride, zip line, and general store were added to the October repertoire of low-tech family fun. All of those attractions will be back this year plus the popular pumpkin blasters that use bazooka style devices to hurl mini-pumpkins at speeds approaching 120 mph toward various targets. The Pumpkin Maze also features free pedal car rides, a scarecrow wagon ride, pony rides, pumpkins for sale, and obstacle courses for kids, gold panning, and the main attraction of three corn mazes.

This year’s corn maze designs include a cat, a pumpkin on a hale bale, and a witch on the moon. There also will be a riddle game added that is played as you wander through the maze.

Based on information gleaned by a national organization of ag tourism businesses Dell’Osso Farms is ranked No. 3 in the nation and tops in California for attendance.

The Pumpkin Maze opens to the public on Saturday, Oct, 2, and runs through Halloween on Oct, 31.

On Friday, Oct., 1, the Pumpkin Maze activities will be available only for those participating in the Manteca Pumpkin Fair Special Access Day organized by the Sunrise Kiwanis. It involves challenged adults from the Northern San Joaquin Valley who will enjoy a free day plus food and dancing supplied by the Kiwanis.

Snow returns to
the farm Nov. 26
The forecast calls for snow on Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving.

That’s when the Mt. Dell’Osso snow tubing run complete with canopy to protect people from foul weather starts its run.

A skating rink will be added to the farm-style winter wonderland this holiday season.

The artificial snow machines that also that will supply a snow play area will be in operation this year through Dec. 31. Last year during the initial Christmas on the Farm the Dell’Osso attraction counted 35,000 visitors. The Christmas season events included train rides, the zip line, authentic reindeer, Santa, Christmas trees for sale, 500 decorated light displays, and the snow hill.

The 500 scenes in a mile-long layout that are part of Lights on the Farm can be accessed by a hay ride, driving through it in a car on weekdays or via the Dell’Osso Express from Nov. 26, through Dec. 31.

For more information go to and click on “Holidays on the Farm.”