East Hesperia will come alive this month beginning Saturday as the Boulder Creek Harvest Festival, an annual tradition, opens to families, chili and music enthusiasts and pumpkin shoppers.


From fishing to costume contests, a battle of the bands and a chili cook-off, there seems to be something for everyone in October at Boulder Creek Ranch.


The festival will be open to the public 11 a.m. to dusk every day, including a "U Pick" pumpkin field, petting zoo, bounce houses, hay rides and playground. Most activities cost two tickets to play at $1 per ticket, according to the ranch's website.


The pumpkin patch will be open at 10 a.m. daily for school field trips.


On Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, families are invited to participate in Huck Finn Fishing from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fishing entry fee of $5 to compete includes a 50-minute rental of a bamboo pole and bait. Winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m., and the biggest catch of the day wins $50 cash. Competitors must use the poles, tackle and bait provided. Personal poles, tackle or bait will not be allowed.


A battle of the bands competition will take place Sunday, Oct. 20 and 27. Local bands will compete from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the first round Sunday and Oct. 20. The best five bands from those two days will advance to the finale on Oct. 27 and battle for $700 in cash prizes.


On Oct. 26, the festival will host the annual chili cook-off with tasting kits available for $5 each. Tasting begins at 11 a.m. and continues until chili runs out. Proceeds from this year's cook-off go to the "Change of Heart for Paisley Mae" fund, set up to support 1-year-old Paisley Mae Arnold of Apple Valley who had a heart transplant in March.


The cook-off is an International Chili Society sanctioned event.


Trick-or-treating and a costume contest will be open to attendees on Oct. 27. Trick-or-treat booths will be open from noon to 4 p.m. or while supplies last. Those who want to trick-or-treat must be wearing a costume. Those wearing a costume can visit the costume judges from noon to 4:30 p.m. The best costume, announced at 6 p.m., will win $50 cash. There is no fee to enter the contest. Scary costumes will not be allowed on site, including during trick-or-treating or at the contest.


Boulder Creek Ranch is located at 19099 Lemon Street in Hesperia. For more information about the Harvest Festival, visit BoulderCreekRanch.org/harvest-festival.html or call 760-244-0096.


Martial Haprov may be reached at 760-951-6236 or at MHaprov@VVDailyPress.com.