[KHTS] – Lombardi Ranch, a part of the Santa Clarita community’s Halloween tradition and festivities, will not open this year — but KHTS AM-1220 wants to “Save Lombardi Ranch” so it can reopen in 2016.
Lombardi family members announced earlier this month the ranch won’t be open for the fall 2015 season, after first hosting their Halloween Pumpkin Festival in 1989.
Government officials have not allowed the usual release of water from the Bouquet Reservoir because of the potential effects of siltation on the unarmored threespine stickleback, an endangered fish.
“It looks like we are not opening,” said Adria Lombardi Faulconer, in a previous interview. Faulconer runs the ranch with her nephew Levi Lombardi. “We have not planted anything because we don’t have water to plant anything.”
KHTS AM-1220 co-owners Jeri Seratti-Goldman and Carl Goldman have set up a GoFundMe account called “Save Lombardi Ranch” to raise supplemental funds while the ranch is closed to help fund alternative water resources for next year.
“The Lombardis don’t know we are doing this. We didn’t tell them. We have known Bob and Joann Lombardi for 25 years,” Carl Goldman said. “They are proud, hard-working folks who are the first to give and never ones to take.”
The Goldmans hope to raise $100,000 for Lombardi Ranch.
“We pride ourselves on the quality of our produce and strive to always have the best. During the month of October we add pumpkins, Indian corn, corn stalks and gourds, family fun and entertainment,” said Joann Lombardi, in an SCVHistory story in 2013. “Our Halloween Pumpkin Festival began in 1989, but Lombardi Ranch has been selling pumpkins since 1968.”
Lombardi Ranch lost about 95 percent of their corn to the drought and lack of water from the Bouquet Canyon Reservoir in 2014, Lombardi said. “There’s no telling what I lost with pumpkins.”
“I had to give (the corn) up,” Lombardi said, regarding the corn and other produce, in a previous story in 2014. “It burned and died out because I was trying to save pumpkins.”
The water wells for the Bouquet Canyon residents and businesses, where Lombardi Ranch is located, are nearly dry due to the lack of water let out from the Bouquet Canyon Reservoir.
The lack of well water and lack of rain have made it nearly impossible for the Lombardi family to plant produce, Faulconer said.
“It’s really hard (for us) to put it out there that we are closing,” Faulconer said, in a previous interview. “Hopefully, we are not closing for good.”
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