Papa Wishes You a Peaceful Holiday Season

IMG_0855Full hearts. That’s what Papa and the family have during this Christmas season. We’ve been tremendously blessed in 2015 – wonderful weather, bountiful crops, amazing friends, family and guests to celebrate fall in North Dakota.

At this point, we are not planning a polar patch season. While we’ve been gifted a white Christmas, there isn’t enough base to run our old-fashioned sled rides, build snow mountains or bury bales to create snow caves. If it’s possible to host a Play Day during the holiday season, we will certainly post our intentions at and on Facebook at

Our hope is that you find your joy today and in the days to come. Best wishes for an amazing 2016!

Papa and the Family

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch Is Closed for the Season

Jo's small wagon loSUNDAY, OCTOBER 25: Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is closed for the 2015 season. It’s been an amazing fall, and we have you to thank. Papa and more than 600 volunteers welcomed a record number of guests and their families. The weather was near perfect, and we all had great fun playing outside, making memories.

In the coming days, we’ll share some highlights from the season and provide a list of the groups who will benefit from your generosity at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch.

Until then, continue to find the joy in your day!

Papa and the family

Saturday, Oct. 24: Last Day to Play and Pick Out Pumpkins!

last day of pumpkins - 1Saturday, Oct. 24 is the final day of the season at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. We are open 12-7 pm, and we hope you are able to stop by for one more play date or to pick out your pumpkins and squash.

We start the day with about 150 large orange pumpkins and a few hundred smaller sugar pumpkins, along with some snowball (small white) pumpkins, a few varieties of squash and some gourds. Our concessions will be open all day so you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, apple cider or maybe a slice of pizza or pumpkin pie. Cold beverages and snacks are also available.

last day of pumpkins2 - 1If you are mostly interested in play, then here’s what you’ll find on our final day of the season: all of the free places to wander and explore PLUS zip lines, Papa’s Pumpkin Popper, the pedal park, the monster wagon train, the barrel train, pony rides and horse-drawn hay rides. AND the pumpkin trebuchet and pumpkin cannon will take aim at targets every half hour from 12:30 pm – 5 pm.

It’s been another amazing fall, and Papa’s family is thankful to all of you who have visited us. We’ll know more in the coming weeks however we’re quite certain this is one of our best seasons ever. We look forward to the support we will be able to offer nearly 50 charities!

Take good care,

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Friday, Oct. 23: Papa’s Is Open, No Extra Activities

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is open Friday, Oct. 23, from 12-7 pm however, there will be no extra activities open as we planned. We will have concessions available from 12-5 pm. Mother Nature certainly believes we need the moisture and has made most everything slippery and wet.

Here’s what is available at Papa’s on Friday: concessions (yes, they have hot beverages and food items), some pumpkins, squash and gourds; the Nature Trail, all of the Bale Mazes (slides and bales are wet), the Corn Crib and the Corn Maze. If you have mud boots, it would be a good idea to pull them on.

Due to safety concerns, we will not open the zip lines, pumpkin popper, pedal carts, corn cob sling shots, pony rides or train rides.

On the bright side, tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 24 looks like a fantastic day as our final day of the season!

Stay warm and dry,


October 21-23: There’s Extras at Papa’s!

zip line fun guyThere are only FOUR MORE DAYS to visit Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, and you’ll find extra activities are open for lots of fun! Here’s what you can expect to find:

  • Papa’s Pumpkin Patch plans to be open 12-7 pm through Saturday, Oct. 24. Please check back daily as the forecast shows a 90% chance of rain on Friday.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12-6:30 pm: The Zip Lines, Pumpkin Popper, Monster Wagon Train and Pedal Park will be open.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 12-7 pm: The Zip Lines, Pumpkin Popper, Monster Wagon Train, Pedal Park, Pony Rides and concessions will be open. In addition, horse-drawn hay rides, the pumpkin trebuchet, pumpkin cannon and the barrel train will be open Thursday from 5-7 pm.
  • Friday, Oct. 23, 12-6:30 pm: The Zip Lines, Pumpkin Popper, Monster Wagon Train, Pedal Park, Pony Rides and concessions will be open.

We still have some pumpkins, squash and gourds, but in honesty, they are going fast. It’s quite possible we will sell out of produce before our final day, Saturday, Oct. 24.

We hope to see you soon!