County Roundup 10/26

Paso Robles

The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association will pair this year’s futurity show with cancer awareness activities from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday at the Paso Robles Event Center.

The regional association hosts more than 150 competitions annually in various states, organizers said, explaining that a “cutting” show requires a horse and rider to “cut” a cow out of its herd and keep it from returning.

Area horse enthusiasts are invited to watch Friday’s free competitions and attend a concert by Canadian country singer Kenny Hess.

The semi-finals will begin at 8 a.m., and the free concert is planned for 7 to 10 p.m. For information, visit www.pccha.com.

— Staff report

Photo ops with witches, trick-or-treating at downtown businesses and an award showcase of carved pumpkins are on the Paso Robles Main Street Association’s list of Halloween festivities.

The public is invited to visit downtown businesses to vote for their favorite scarecrows — decorated by local students — by Thursday.

Then, on Sunday, local businesses will hand out treats from 4 to 7 p.m.

The pumpkin contest will take place at 6 p.m. at Downtown City Park. Costumed witches will be there for photos.

A fundraiser barbecue will also take place Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m., organized by the El Paso de Robles Historical Society.

For details on Halloween events, call 238-4103 or e-mail mainstreet@tcsn.net.

— Tonya Strickland

Pismo Beach

A free Halloween celebration featuring a costume contest and games will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Pismo Beach Pier.

The annual event, “Pumpkins on the Pier,” will also include a contest in which people guess the weight of a pumpkin. The costume contest starts at 11:30 a.m. and includes four different age divisions for children as well as an adult costume contest.

The ninth annual “Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza” will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at local downtown businesses.

For more information, call the Pismo Beach Recreation Department at 773-7063.

— Cynthia Lambert

San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly invites the public to pick a pumpkin at the campus pumpkin patch and visit the haunted corn maze on Friday and Saturday.

The pumpkin patch will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The corn maze will be open Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until dusk for little children, and from dusk until 10 p.m., when the maze gets scarier for adults.

Maze ticket prices are $3 to $5. To get there, take the Highland Drive entrance, turn left on Mt. Bishop Road and follow the signs to Field 25.

— Nick Wilson