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Attendees have jolly gourd time at Pumpkin Festival

Posted: October 13, 2012 2:28 p.m.
Updated: October 13, 2012 2:28 p.m.

Kenneth Nolls, right, demonstrates a makeup technique he will use on 8-year-old Austin Rodriguez at Saturday's Pumpkin Festival in Newhall. Nolls has been doing makeup at the festival since 2007.

The performers and volunteers of Saturday’s Pumpkin Festival in Newhall may not have been carving jack-o’-lanterns, but they did their best to put smiles on the face of the event’s attendees.  

The festival was part of the Heritage Haunt at Heritage Junction, which included a “zombie march” later in the evening.

Attendees were able to pan for gold, watch live demonstrations from a horror movie makeup artist and, of course, carve some pumpkins. Barbara Martinelli, a board member of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society who worked the front gate at the event, estimated that around 200 people had visited after three hours.   

Dawn Morgan brought her two children, and two of her sister’s children, to the event. She and her family relocated to the Santa Clarita Valley from Chicago about two months ago and that this event provided a small slice of home, Morgan said.

“There was a pumpkin farm we always went to in Chicago, so I was glad we found this,” she said. “It helps us to not feel homesick.”

Makeup artist Kenneth Nolls demonstrated his artistic talents on real faces, not pumpkins. In front of a crowd, he explained the effects necessary to make it look like his subject, 8-year-old Austin Rodriguez, had been pierced through the cheek with a shard of glass.

“Events like this get the community involved,” Nolls said. “It’s not about trying to give everybody a heart attack. We give them some good scares, but we also give them some good laughs and some good times.”


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