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For Immediate Release

September 13, 2022

Contact: Courtney Harper

[email protected]

(478) 973-4068


Camp Helen State Park Pumpkin Sale and Saturdays in the Patch

The Friends of Camp Helen are excited to announce the opening of their pumpkin patch Saturday, October 1 at 9am. Pumpkins will be sold 7 days a week, from 9am-5pm through October 31 or until sold out.

This year, Saturdays in the Patch will feature Live Music, Bay County Storytellers, PCB Mosquito, cake walks inside the historic Lodge, and more!

On October 1, we will hold a raffle for a 3 night stay in a property managed by 30A Beach Girls to kick off our new weekly raffles.  Other prized include a bicycle from Good Pedals, a basket from Blue Giraffe and more!

Food will be available for purchase in the park on Saturdays as well.

Saturday, October 22 is a special evening with a movie after dark (Hocus Pocus) FREE to the public. The pumpkin patch will close at 5pm and we will reopen the parking lot at 5:45 for the showing of “Hocus Pocus”. The movie begins after sunset (around 6:30). Bring your own blankets and chairs.

Pre-registration for this event guarantees entry:

Then, Saturday, October 29, we will host the FIRST EVER Witch’s Paddle on Lake Powell.  This is also a free event.  

We will leave from Camp Helen’s kayak launch at 5:30pm and paddle to the beach for a picnic.  Then we will head back at dusk.

Pre-registration guarantees park entry:

For those using the FOCH fleet, reservations are required and will be available at on October 8, at 9am.

In addition to our Fall events, the FOCH launched their first Park Pups Calendar campaign and contest.  To enter your dog, or pre order a calendar, visit: Friends of Camp Helen | The Friends of Camp Helen 2023 Park Pups Calendar Contest (

While the Fall events are fun, the kayak/SUP rentals offer a unique way to explore Lake Powell, the largest coastal Dune Lake in the Northern Hemisphere. Group packages and rates are now available, including a picnic prepared by the FOCH and facility rental.

More information is available at


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