Archive for Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Picking pumpkins

Pumpkin patch offers more than just pumpkins

October 8, 2003

There might not be a great pumpkin, but there are 32,000 pounds of small, medium and large pumpkins to be found at Peckham's Pumpkin Patch.

"We have plenty of beautiful pumpkins," Harry Peckham, owner, said.

For 15 years, Peckham said people have been coming from Douglas, Franklin, Miami and Anderson counties to pick their own pumpkins at the patch, which is located east of Ottawa. He said this year a family from Great Bend visited the pumpkin patch on the way home from a day trip to Louisburg.

Not only do visitors have an opportunity to ride the hay wagon when choosing their pumpkins, Peckham said the hay maze, which is a favorite with visitors, will be open again this year.

"It's been a feature of the pumpkin patch since we started," he said. "It's been a big attraction. We'd disappoint a lot of kids if we didn't have it this year."

The pumpkin patch also features a gift shop located in a corncrib built in 1910. Seasonal decorations, like gourds and Indian corn, can be purchased in the shop.

"There are also a lot of knickknacks and things that fit into the pumpkin season," he said.

Peckham's Pumpkin Patch is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through the end of October. Peckham said the pumpkin patch also welcomes daycare and kindergarten groups during the week with appointments, and will also start offering evening hay rack rides.

The patch is located eight miles east of Ottawa on Kansas Highway 68 and then three miles south on Vermont Road. For more information about the pumpkin patch, call (800) 296-6745 or go online to www.pleasantridge.com.

Peckham said he encouraged people, especially families with children, to make a trip to the pumpkin patch.

"It's a lot more fun to get your pumpkin here," he said. "That's what we're here for anyway."

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