Pumpkin Patch set for fall fun

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 24, 2005

EUTAW-This fall a fun new event has made its way to the City of Eutaw. This year the city will have their first annual Pumpkin Patch and Great Pumpkin Festival.

Sue Vance, who came up with the idea for the Pumpkin Patch said she was inspired y a similar patch in Georgia.

“I saw a pumpkin patch off the interstate last year and I just had to stop,” Vance said. “I asked them how they got started and got them to tell me about their patch and that is how we got started.”

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Vance said she felt the patch was something that could provide Eutaw with some extra capital and fun.

“I thought it would be a great way for the chamber to make some money and a lot of fun,” Vance said. “I felt like this was something that everyone could enjoy.”

So far, Vance said things have gone as planned. She said they have already had several fun activities with great participation.

“We had a scarecrow contest,” Vance said. “We asked businesses and individuals to participate and our winner was Keith Penberthy. Our second place winner was Elmwood Manor and our third place was Piggly Wiggly.”

The patch also plans to have some activities for the younger crowd. Vance said students from all over Greene County would come to the patch next week for fun and learning.

“We will have two groups of children coming in from the local schools and we will read Pumpkin stories to them,” Vance said. “They will also come to look at the pumpkins.”

The Pumpkin Patch is mostly for fun, but there is also another reason for the patch. Vance said they were hoping to use some of the funs from the sale to restore the area around the old pool.

“All of our proceeds are going to go toward making this area a walking trail,” Vance said. “We think this place would be perfect for that. We would like to put up a couple of more lights and we think it would be perfect. This is a nice safe place.”

On Oct. 29 the patches fun activities will peak with the first annual Great Pumpkin Festival. The festival will feature games, singing and lots of fun. They also hope to have a rock-climbing wall.

Sara Lee, who is helping coordinate these years activities said they will have fun activities for people of all ages.

“We will have horseshoes for the men and several other activities for the children,” Lee said. “We plan to make this a fun community event and have fun things for people of all ages.”

The Great Pumpkin Festival will also offer Bingo, checkers, a beanbag toss and several other games.

Vance said so far things have gone very well and they hope their good fortune continues.

“People have had a wonderful time,” Vance said. “We have had a wonderful turnout and everyone has really been great.”

The Pumpkin Patch is open from 9 a.m. until 6:15 p.m. They offer a variety of products, which come from Albuquerque, N.M. including mini orange and white pumpkins for 50 cents, Wee Be Littles for 75 cents, Spookies for $1.75, small gourds for 50 cents, winged gourds for $1, large gourds for $4, Indian corn for $1stickers for 50 cents and Pumkin Patch Cookbooks for $5.