Starting Saturday, pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors will be available at the Cumming First United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch.
The patch will be open from 9 a.m. to dark Saturday, 11 a.m. to dark Sunday and 1 p.m. to dark Monday-Friday through the end of October on the lawn of the church, 770 Canton Hwy.
Neida Streit, director of communications, said the patch is stocked each year from farms in Greensboro, N.C.
“We begin with about 2,000 pumpkins and gourds and are resupplied with about 1,000 more before the month is over,” she said. “The pumpkins range in size from tiny to gigantic.”
Prices are from 50 cents to $30 each, based on size, with all proceeds benefitting the church’s children and youth ministries.
Beginning Oct. 8, parents can bring their children to free storytimes in the patch.
Corny the Crow will entertain youngsters from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting. Reservations for the storytime should be made by calling (770) 887-2900, ext. 220.
Families are also invited to take part in “The Great Pumpkin – Carving a Night of Fun” event from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26.
The event, which costs $10 per family, will include a hot dog supper, s’mores and popcorn. There also will be a “punkin chunkin” contest, jack-o-lantern carving, hayrides and a viewing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on an inflatable, outdoor screen.