The Tolay Fall Festival offers two weeks of old-time, nature-based fun each October at Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma. The bats will be in the Nighttime Creatures Barn with its exhibits of native and exotic snakes, birds of prey, tide pool animals, and taxidermied wildlife. Venture into the Creepy Crawly Room, where tarantulas and scorpions glow under black lights. Take a hayride to a pumpkin patch in the park and find the perfect Halloween pumpkin. Visit a replica of a Native American village and try farm activities like wool carding and candle dipping. Enter the World-Record Pumpkin-Seed Spitting Contest for a chance to win an exclusive title and a year of bragging rights. Join experts in archery, fly fishing and astronomy for hands-on demonstrations. Participate in gunnysack races, find your way through a straw maze, and pet barnyard animals. Enjoy food and desserts from local vendors or bring a picnic to enjoy at the park. Weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and teens and $1 for children 12 and under. Regional Parks members get free, one-time admission for two adults and two children and free parking when they present their membership cards and parking tags at the entrance. Parking for non-members is $7. Activities inside the Festival are free. Tolay Lake Regional Park is at 5869 Lakeville Highway, at the end of Cannon Lane.
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