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,

Papalist of Papa's charities 14 - 1


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!


Free Cookies on October 20!

On Tuesday, October 20, every guest at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch will receive one of Papa’s famous pumpkin cookies for free. There are a few reasons why.

Papa's famous cookies2 - 1First and foremost, Papa and the family want to honor Mrs. P and her ever-present spirit at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. For those who don’t know, Mrs. P was an integral part of Papa’s Pumpkin Patch for 32 years. She left our sight, but not our hearts, on October 20, 2014. She was so grateful that she could spend those last days in her log home at the heart of the pumpkin patch, listening to the laughter and seeing the joy shared among families who were making memories at Papa’s.

Another reason for the gift of pumpkin cookies on Tuesday, October 20, is the overwhelming number of guests—young and not so young—who have chosen to pay it forward for other guests…all across Papa’s Pumpkin Patch.

At first we thought it was just a really cool thing that was happening in the sales area. Guests would leave $.25, $1, $5, $10, even $20, and pay it forward for guests that followed. Some specifically asked that we buy cookies for the next family or next several families; others asked to pay it forward for someone else’s pumpkins.

Then we learned the same thing was happening in our admissions area. Families coming into Papa’s were paying it forward for other families. And in our concessions area—guests were paying it forward for other guests so they could enjoy a pumpkin cookie, hot apple cider or a slice of pie.

And then we received this note on Facebook from a first-time visitor to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch:

“1st time ever coming out today…Had a great time!! A young girl ran over to us as we were taking pictures & handed us 3 tickets…She said they were leaving & didn’t use them all…I have been reading all the stories about how people pay it forward so much at the Pumpkin Patch…We used 2 of the tickets as we were ready to leave also & left the 3rd ticket at the bouncy thing for the next person.”

In honesty, we’ve been brought to tears several times by your generosity. Of all of the things we hope Papa’s Pumpkin Patch will be for our guests, making memories and spending time with family in the outdoors has always been at the top of the list. Becoming a place where people are so good to one another…so kind to one another…so compassionate…this overwhelms us.

You see, we miss Mrs. P a lot. We knew we’d have reminders of her this pumpkin season in all of the colorful flags she sewed and in the thousands of children who would visit Papa’s on field trips (she scheduled all of their visits until last year). But we had no idea her spirit might move through guests in such a way that her goodness and kindness and compassion would be seen and felt by so many. In truth, you’ve given us a tremendous gift by paying it forward like Mrs. P would do. And it all started with cookies.

Thank you,

Papa and the family