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Volume 8, Issue 10  |  February 3, 2023Subscribe

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ENC’s Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch, a day of family fun, raised $50,000+

On Sunday, Oct. 17, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) presented the 46th Annual ENC Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch, which proved to be a day of fun, with more than 4,000 in attendance, which is average for the Fall Faire.

ENC Fall Faire petting zoo

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Photos courtesy of ENC

Children petting the gentle animals in the petting zoo

ENC raised more than $50,000 to provide opportunities to connect the Newport Beach community to nature.

ENC Fall Fire pony ride

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Wishing this pony ride would last all day

The Savor OC restaurant showcase included Indarra Indian Cuisine, SOHO Taco, Fork, Knife + Spoon Catering, Bluewater Grill, The Alley, Shirley’s Bagels, The Pizza Bakery, Kean Coffee, Muldoon’s Irish Pub and Al’s New York Café.

Performances at the Fire Circle Stage included Author Diane Lang, who gave a live reading of her book Fur, Feather, Fin – All of Us Are Kin, raptors from the OC Bird of Prey Center, Nature Joe’s Nature Jokes and more

ENC Fall Faire pumpkin patch

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A family chooses their favorite soon-to-be jack-o’-lanterns in the Pumpkin Patch

Youngsters played nature games and enjoyed a “Craft Crawl” throughout the center as well as the ever-popular petting zoo and pony rides. The most frequented spot was undoubtedly the pumpkin patch, where attendees shopped for pumpkins, while dancing along to the tunes performed live by the Sweetwater Creek Band.

ENC Fall Faire Sweetwater Creek Band

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The Sweetwater Creek Band shares some foot-stomping tunes

Proceeds from the Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch support environmental education in the community.

ENC Fall Faire Fork, Knife & Spoon

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Fork, Knife & Spoon at the Savor OC restaurant showcase

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. For more information on upcoming events, visit

ENC Fall Faire Craft Crawl table

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Tickets for the Craft Crawl…only $5

ENC Fall Faire crafts in the woods

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Making crafts amid the ENC woods

ENC Fall Faire kids in Tshirts

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Three kids in their ENC Nature Preschool T-shirts

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