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Scares and family fun abound at Bates in August

July 30, 2014
The dog days of summer have arrived and Bates Nut Farm is beating the summer heat with some fun activities for all ages with the Great Horror Campout and for the third year, the Valley Center Summer Food Truck Festival.

Bates will host a stop on the Great Horror Campout August 15 and 16 from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. The 12 hour overnight horror adventure lets campers decide their level of engagement. On the mild side, campers can roast marshmallows and watch scary movies. For those who wish to live out their horror movie fantasies, the full interactive adventure will allow campers to come face-to-face with their worst nightmare.

Participants can definitely expect amazing special effects, and performances by live "scare actors" throughout the night. According a press release issued by Bates, if the experience becomes too much, campers just need to shout, "I want my Mommy," and the monsters and demons will back off.

"That's going to be a neat weekend for people who love to be scared," said Bates Marketing Manager Sherrie Ness. "They come out of Hollywood and they have the whole sets and everything. It will be a full on deal. They do everything. It will be really fun."

The Great Horror Campout, produced by Ten Thirty One Productions LLC, is suitable for those ages 18 and over. Campers can choose from either Friday or Saturday night to participate in the scare fest. The cost for this frightfully fun event is $99 a night for a 4 person tent, and $139 for a 2 person tent. See for more information and to buy tickets.

The Valley Center Summer Food Truck Festival held August 23 from 2 – 8 p.m. features food, entertainment and family fun when sixteen of Southern California's top gourmet food trucks roll into Bates Nut Farm.

In addition to the unique offerings there will be a variety of family entertainment and contests including a performance by the Santana Brothers, a Michael Jackson Tribute artist, an 80s costume contest, a singing contest, kids' activities and family fun from Wow Factor Attractions. Guests ages 21 and older with ID can pair their gourmet entrees with local craft beers in the Beer Garden from noon – 5 p.m.

Food trucks signed up for the event include many crowd favorites including Devilicious, Chubby's, Two For the Road, Sweet Treats, Super Q, Haad Sai Thai Food, and Pierogi Truck. New to the festival lineup are Currywurst Truck, Not So Fast!, Tabe BBQ, Organic Truck, Perky Beans Coffee Truck, Taco Machin, Pizza Pazza and Urban Eats.

"It is going to be an eighties theme so people can come dressed up if they like," Ness said. "There will be a beer garden and some music. It really brings our community together."

Ness said that many times people come to the festival in large groups of friends and neighbors, bringing along tables and chairs and everything needed to make the evening a fun one filled with family, friends and some unbelievably tasty food.

"We had people last year bringing tables and chairs with large groups of people so that way they can share some of the items," she said. "That's the thing, there is so much its hard to pick one item to eat. That's the best way to do it, get a group and come out. It will be a nice evening; it's a great family night in Valley Center."

Guests should bring chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy their gourmet treats under the shade trees and dogs on a leash are welcome at the festival though only service dogs are permitted in the retail stores. Parking and festival admission are free of charge. For more information and event updates, visit

Bates Nut Farm is located 20 minutes east of I-15 through Escondido at 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082. Entrance to the farm and parking are free during the normal business hours of 9:00 – 5:00. For more information and directions call (760) 749-3333 or visit

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