Fall fun at the pumpkin patch
Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 3:22 p.m.
Nothing says autumn like a gorgeous bright orange pumpkin. So if you're looking for the perfect pumpkin why not check out a Pumpkin Patch featuring 2,500 pumpkins along with free hay rides, bounce houses, and carnival games for a good cause at Trinity United Methodist Church.
What: Pumpkin Patch at Trinity United Methodist Church, featuring hay rides, games, and more.
When: Noon-8 p.m. Sunday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 31.
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave.
Cost: Pumpkins range in cost from $1-$35, but games and rides are free.
Besides beautiful pumpkins in all sizes and in prices ranging from $1 to $35, Andrew Pridgen, director of missions and outreach for Trinity United Methodist Church, said gourds, hard squash and Indian corn also will be offered for sale.
He said there will be free activities for children including displays for photos, games and foods like cotton candy and sno-cones. He said proceeds will go to help fund Trinity's mission locally and around the world.
The Pumpkin Patch will be available from noon-8 p.m. Sunday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 31 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave.
"The people that come for the pumpkins can enjoy free activities," said Pridgen. "And the kids can play while parents choose a pumpkin. It (pumpkin patch) provides an excellent opportunity to raise funds for missions and reach out to the community."
Pridgen said Trinity and a Navajo Indian ranch in New Mexico entered into a partnership so that the Navajo Indians provide the pumpkins and the church gets a percentage of the sales, instead of purchasing the pumpkins outright.
"It's a win/win for Trinity and for the Navajo Indians," said Pridgen, adding the church doesn't have to worry about damaged pumpkins or poor sales, and the Navajo pumpkins are prettier and come in a wider range of sizes from very small to really big.
"We want the pumpkin patch to be a fun experience," said Pridgen. "And it's better than going to a store and getting a pumpkin off the shelves."
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