Papa’s Pumpkin Patch Is Closed for the Season

Jo's small wagon loIt’s been an amazing season at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, and we have you to thank. We’ve welcomed record numbers of guests, from the general public to class field trips to corporate events and birthday parties. USA Today named Papa’s one of the “Coolest Pumpkin Patches in the Country,” and one friend of the family said she even saw a picture of Papa’s Pumpkin Patch in the Copenhagen, Denmark newspaper while she was traveling!

Most importantly, you made our 2014 season one that Mrs. P throughly enjoyed and reveled in during her last weeks with us. She couldn’t have been more pleased to know she was a part of something so wonderful. She would simply smile or shake her head in wonder each time we would tell her about how a guest paid it forward for someone else or how well everything was going, even in the midst of several thousand visitors.

It’s true. The 2014 was amazing. In the coming days, Papa will continue to share some of the very cool stories that we got to witness or play a role in. Hopefully, they bring a smile to your face, too.

Thank you,

Papa and the family

Saturday, Oct. 25: Closing Day at Papa’s

lil guy and dad on cornstalk horse lowSaturday, Oct. 25 is our final day for 2014, and Papa’s Pumpkin Patch will be open from 12-7 pm. We are sold out of pumpkins, however, we welcome you to come and play or enjoy a beautiful fall day outdoors. Admission is $4/person; infants and toddlers two years and under are free.

All of Papa’s extra activities will be available from 12-5 pm. This includes zip lines, pedal carts, train rides and corn cob sling shots ($1/ride or $1/3 corn cobs); the horse-drawn hay rides are $2/ride and the pony rides are $4/ride. The concessions area will be open and prices vary. The pumpkin trebuchet and pumpkin cannon are free to watch and will be shooting at targets on the half hour beginning at 12:30 pm.

We hope to see you today!



Two More Days to Play at Papa’s!

Aanders in corn cribThere are just two more days to play at Papa’s, and we invite you to join us and celebrate the season.

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch will be open from 12-7 pm on Friday, Oct. 24 and 12-7 pm on Saturday, Oct. 25. We have no more pumpkins but we welcome you and your family to come and play to your heart’s content.

All of our free activities will be available both days. On Saturday, Oct. 25, we will also have pony rides, horse-drawn hay rides, zip lines, train rides, corn cob sling shots, pedal carts, concessions and the pumpkin trebuchet and pumpkin cannon. These extras have a small fee.

Papa and the family are truly grateful to our friends, volunteers and visitors who have been so supportive this season. You’ve helped to make this fall a truly memorable one!

We hope to see you,


Papa’s Is Closed Thursday, Oct. 23 in Honor of Mrs. P

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPapa’s Pumpkin Patch will be closed Thursday, Oct. 23, in honor of Mrs. P. Her funeral will be held Thursday in Bismarck, ND. Papa’s will re-open for the final two days of the 2014 season on Friday, Oct. 24, at noon.

We sold out of pumpkins last weekend, however you and your family are welcome to visit Papa’s and play. On Saturday, Oct. 25 from 12-5 pm, we will have all of our extra activities, including pony rides, train rides, zip lines, pedal carts, horse-drawn hay rides, corn cob sling shots and concessions. The pumpkin trebuchet and pumpkin cannon will take aim at targets every 30 minutes beginning at 12:30 pm.

The loss of Mrs. P is one of the most difficult times Papa and the family have ever encountered. Thank you for your understanding.


Gone From Our Sight But Not From Our Hearts

mrsp and sandyShe is our mom, grandma, mother-in-law, dear friend and the matriarch of Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. Mrs. P passed away peacefully this morning in her log home at the center of the patch. It was Mrs. P’s greatest desire to make it through the season and not have her failing health be a burden to the family. Once she knew we sold out of pumpkins this past Saturday, it was as if she was free to go. And so she did.

In Mrs. P’s memory, Papa’s Pumpkin Patch will be closed Thursday, Oct. 23 from 12-7 pm. We ask that you respect our privacy. We will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 21-22, and for our final two days of the 2014 season on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25. Thank you for your understanding.
Mrs. P on dixie

We will miss her deeply. Her contributions to Papa’s are seen and felt in every corner of the pumpkin patch. We are grateful that she is now free to sew as many colorful flags and banners as her heart desires and mow as many acres as she sees before her. Mrs. P is gone from our sight but not from our hearts.

Papa and the family