According to Assistant Director Jean Herrberg, approximately 200 patrons visited last year's Pumpkin Party.
"We fill pumpkins with meat and treats and then give them to the cats; you get to watch them play," Herrberg said.
The EFRC is in its 20th year and is home to 233 cats of nine species from 24 different states. The 108-acre facility is open six days a week, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Herrberg said that the facility is home to more tigers than any other species, which includes several white tigers.
Understandably, keeping a large facility like this running is a tough task.
"We go through 3,500 pounds of meat every day," Herrberg said. "Most of that comes from farmers in the area. When they have a cow, calf or horse die because it's old, ill or injured, we will send a truck out to get it and then process it."
Herrberg said the EFRC is now the largest USDA licensed facility in the U.S.
"We work with other reputable facilities, including zoos," Herrberg said. "Sometimes zoos just want an animal for display, not for breeding purposes."
Herrberg said that they obtain roughly thirty new cats a year.
Every day, but Monday, tours of the facility are given. Herrberg said the educational tours take place on one of three different areas and last about an hour.
"You get to see about 100 cats on tour," Herrberg said. "You find out about the different types of species."
Herrberg said many of the cats at the EFRC have come from bad backgrounds.
"(The cats) come from a whole variety of horrible conditions. (From) circuses, illegal owners, abuse, neglect, (and) abandonment," Herrberg said.
The Pumpkin Party starts at noon, on Saturday, Nov. 5, and is $5 for children and $10 for adults.