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


Papa’s Pumpkin Patch Is Sold Out of Pumpkins

empty back yardIt’s the goal of every pumpkin patch, and it’s also bittersweet. Papa’s pumpkin yard is empty; the pumpkins are gone. You are welcome to visit and play, take family photos or enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie and a cup of apple cider. We don’t have any more pumpkins to sell. Papa has looked in three states and there are no more pumpkins to bring to his patch.

At this point, we plan to keep Papa’s Pumpkin Patch open for play through Saturday, Oct. 25. Papa’s will be open from 12-7 pm daily. On Sunday, Oct. 19, we will have all of our free activities and the weekend extras: zip lines, train rides, concessions, pedal carts, hay rides, sling shots, pony rides, the pumpkin cannon and pumpkin trebuchet. These are all available from 12-5 pm and have a small fee. Admissions is $4/person. Infants and toddlers two years and under are free.

Monday through Friday, Oct. 20-24, Papa’s will be open 12-7 pm daily. All of the free activities will be available during these hours. Papa also plans to stay open through next Saturday, Oct. 25. Our volunteers and extra activities will be here to provide you with a fun outdoor play place.

Truly it is bittersweet. We would love to have pumpkins through our final day, but this year we don’t. Thank you for making 2014 an amazing season!

Papa and the family


More Play Than Pumpkins at Papa’s

girl leaping pumpkinsIt’s been an amazing season at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. We’ve experienced record crowds and brought more pumpkins into the yards than ever before. Papa spent the last week looking for more pumpkins, even into South Dakota and Minnesota. You know what? The two trailers and about 1,000 pumpkins we brought into the yards on Thursday evening are the last of the pumpkins to be found!

We have more places to play than we do pumpkins  for leaping over as we come into the weekend of Oct. 18-19 and our final week before Papa closes for the 2014 season on Saturday, Oct. 25. We welcome you to come enjoy the outdoors with family and friends: it sounds like we are in for a wonderful weekend as well as the week ahead.

Papa still has some large pumpkins, a few smaller varieties, some squash and larger gourds, along with decorative corn, a few bundles of corn stalks and small square bales. Over the weekend, all of our extra activities will be available including concessions, zip lines, train rides, pony rides, hay rides, sling shots, pedal carts and the pumpkin trebuchet and pumpkin cannon.  Our volunteers are anxious to welcome you to Papa’s!

We hope to see you soon,