Papa's Pumpkin Patch began in 1983 as a “Happy Accident.” We began by planting seeds for a friend who asked us to provide pumpkins for their parade float. Unfortunately, it was a bad season, too wet and too cold. The parade was moved from October to September and we were left with hundreds of green pumpkins for the parade, which was not the orange that our friend was looking for. When the parade passed, the pumpkins began turning orange, and that’s when we decided to invite local grade school teachers to bring their classes to the “Pumpkin Patch”. We hauled some of them into the yard and decided it would be extra special if each child could take one home. Since then, we have expanded from one class of twenty students to over five thousand pre-school and elementary students visiting Papa’s Pumpkin Patch each season. In 1989, Papa's Pumpkin Patch was opened to the public and today our season runs from mid-September to mid-October. This year will bring an estimated twenty-five to thirty-thousand pumpkins, gourds, decorative corn and related harvest items to our yard and well over fifty-thousand people in the seven-week season. In addition to produce, we have add more than twenty-five activities have been built and added for children of all ages to enjoy. Nearly 50 partnerships have been formed with church youth groups, community non-profit organizations, neighbors and friends to make it possible for all of us to celebrate the season. Papa’s has become “one happy accident after another,” and, it’s all worth it to us!
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