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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Pumpkin Patch to benefit missions

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  • The Neosho United Methodist Church is holding its fourth annual Pumpkin Patch Palooza with a couple of events.
    All activities will be held at the Neosho UMC Christian Life Center, 1111 N Bus. 49/71 and Baxter Rd., Neosho.
    The church will offer pumpkins for sale from 2-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays, during the month of October.
    There are various sized pumpkins available.
    “The purpose of it is to a ministry of a Navajo reservation in New Mexico to provide pumpkins to primarily churches across the country,” UMC Pastor Sara Chaney said. “We sell the pumpkins or church volunteers sell pumpkins and the money goes to missions. We had a specific number — 765 — were unloaded, as well as a couple of big cardboard boxes of mini pumpkins and gourds. The (average price is) between $7 to $30, and we do have some really big pumpkins.”
    Activities are slated for this coming Saturday.
    “It is a free family fall day,” Chaney said. “We do some special stuff because we want it to be open to the community families that they can come and wander around for free, take pictures of their kids and the pumpkins, which is always an attraction.”
    Saturday’s event starts at 11 a.m. with a pie-baking contest, followed by the Neosho Fire Department having a ladder truck at noon. Also at noon is a chili cook-off contest, along with a horseshoe-pitching contest. At 2 p.m., a washer pitching contest will be held. There will also be free contests, games, hayrides and custom carving.
    The next event is on Saturday, Oct. 26 and will start at 10 a.m. and continue until 7 p.m.
    Activities on Oct. 26 include a bake sale for Pululu UMC from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then from noon until 4 p.m. a petting zoo, followed by at 1 p.m. a sack race and pumpkin carving contest. At 1:30 p.m., a coin scramble and at 2 p.m. a pet costume contest will be held. Dinner will be served that day from 5-7 p.m. for $5, which also includes entertainment.
    The third event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m., the annual Trunk ‘n Treat.
    “People bring their cars and provide candy to the kids Oct. 31, that is a safe way to observe Halloween and we get quite a number of kids,” she said.
    Also, local professional carver Bill Lentz will carve pumpkins.
    “He is here on the weekends and will carve pumpkins for you,” Chaney said. “He does quite elaborate and beautiful pumpkin carvings. He just takes tips in exchange for his carvings and that money goes to missions too.”
    Page 2 of 2 - For more information, contact the church at 451-2310.

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