Oct 20, 2013 11:19 PM by Erika Flores

Fall festival attracts out-of-towners and employs over 50

MARANA-Fall festivals are a great way for the family to get together and enjoy the weather outdoors, but these festivals also play a role in boosting the economy before the holidays hit.

The Marana Pumpkin Patch and Farm Festival is held only one month out of the year, but an expected 35 thousand people will come to pick their pumpkin this year.

They come for the corn maze, pig races, train rides, zip line, food, and most importantly the pumpkin patch.

To keep the festival running, Post Farms hires 60 people for the month of October.

"So they can come here and work pretty good long couple of days and make some decent money for Christmas or the holidays that are coming up," said owner Jon Post.

The festival brings in plenty of out-of-towners who in turn also spend money throughout the county, and the money they spend here:

"I'm taking their money and either giving it to employees to spend elsewhere or I'm using it to reinvest in this business, and it's a great circle that helps everybody," said Post.

As Post reinvests in the business, he spends money at area stores to buy material to keep the festival going.
The festival runs until October 31.

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