Church Rings in Fall Spirit with Annual Pumpkin Patch

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 6:42pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 11:54am

The pumpkin patch at St. Mark United Methodist Church in McAllen is an annual tradition for a lot of people, including Ashleigh Coombs and her 4-year-old daughter.

"We come here every year. She has a little brother and we always bring the two of them," said Coombs.

The patch has been around starting the first week of october for more than 20 years.

"They get to pick their own pumpkins and that's a special treat for them," said Coombs.

The orange fruit is hauled all the way from New Mexico.

"A Navajo Indian reservation sends us these pumpkins; they grow them," said Carol Frankenberger.

This year, the church received a good batch and there are more than 2,000 to choose from.  The pumpkin patch is open to the public for free. The only money you'll spend is if you decide to leave with a pumpkin.

"We have big ones like 50 dollar ones down to two dollars, a dollar," added Frankenberger.

There's also story time for children which can prove to be a learning experience.

The attraction isn't a common sight in the valley.

"It's fall, you know we don't get a lot of fall weather, but this makes you feel like really in the fall season," said Coombs.

The feel-good pumpkin patch is open everyday from 9 AM to 8 PM and should run throughout Halloween.

 

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