Nick “the Pumpkin Man” and Bambi Venetucci made Venetucci Farm a community icon with their annual pumpkin giveaway. The Venetucci pumpkin tradition began in the 1950s. As the story goes, Nick Venetucci was driving an old pick up truck full of pumpkins up Tejon Street and could not resist the wide-eyed fascination his pumpkins brought to the children he passed by. He ended up giving all of his pumpkins away along the route, and before long, school groups were coming to the farm so kids could pick a pumpkin. For decades, Venetucci Farm has gifted pumpkins to area school children and hosted a fall festival that welcomed the community onto the farm.
Since the legacy began, Nick and Bambi Venetucci became community icons. Their generosity and community spirit have been chronicled by the likes of Reader’s Digest and the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. More importantly, they wove a tradition through the Colorado Springs community that runs through generations. For years, children would choose their pumpkin on the farm, joining a tradition shared by their parents and grandparents.
Since 2004, Pikes Peak Real Estate Foundation (PPREF) with Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF) have owned and managed the farm as Bambi asked of them: The land is preserved from development by a conservation easement with Colorado Open Lands, and every year thousands of families are able to enjoy the farm and its signature pumpkin patch.