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Carefree launching Pumpkin Pin Hunt


CAREFREE – The Town of Carefree, in partnership with the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, has announced the launch of the new Carefree Pumpkin Pin Hunt to help kick off the fall season and encourage excitement for the second annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden exhibition created by world renowned artist Ray Villafane, scheduled for Oct. 17-31 Carefree Desert Gardens.

Carefree local businesses are invited to register on immediately to receive their limited edition Pumpkin Pin. Each business will be responsible for hiding their pin on public property within the town limits of Carefree and create clues for pin hunters in the form of poems, limericks, or creative stories. Clues are then posted every week starting Monday, Oct. 3 at Anyone is welcome to decipher the clues and start hunting for a pin. Once found, a winner will contact a participating local business to redeem their prize.

The week of Halloween, a rare Carefree Sundial pin will be hidden and clues released by the Town. After the four weeks, each winner’s name will be placed in a drawing and have the chance at being chosen for the grand prize at the Enchanted Pumpkin Festival, Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. The one winner chosen will be presented with a carved pumpkin by Ray Villafane, worth over $2,500.  

“The pumpkin festival was a huge success last year attracting large crowds to Carefree and in turn a large and diverse group of people shopping in our stores and dining in our restaurants. We are excited for the return of the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in 2016 and the economic boost it affords our business community,” says Executive Director of the Chamber, Patty Villeneuve.

Carefree businesses can register at or call (480) 488-3381 for more details on the rules and guidelines. Pins will also be available for purchase at the Enchanted Pumpkin Festival.

Halloween spirit will invade Carefree for its second year in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings from master sculptor Ray Villafane. The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden will be open to the public and woven throughout the four acre Carefree Desert Gardens. This free, one-of-a-kind fall event celebrates incredible pumpkin carving artistry and enchantment of the Halloween season for all ages and runs Oct. 17-31.