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October 10, 2009

Church offers pumpkin patch fun for area residents

Fall has arrived and Halloween is approaching. One look at the number of pumpkins on the grounds of Eagle Heights Church will tell you all you need to know.

The church, 11815 Interstate 10 in Orange, is located just east of FM 1442 along the service road and is enjoying holding the event for the public. Many churches in the area hold such an event for the public, but this is a new experience at Eagle Heights Church.

“This is the first time we have ever done a pumpkin patch,” said Pastor Bob Vermillion. “It was an idea that one of our congregation came up with and everyone thought it was great.”

The member of the church who originally proposed the idea of a pumpkin patch for the public at the church was Shay Herndon.

“A lot of the congregation got discouraged over the last few years with the hurricanes and stuff, and I thought we needed to do something,” Herndon said. “I wanted this activity to make us shine in the community.”

Herndon said Eagle Heights Church holds a Fall Festival every year for Halloween, and she thought the pumpkin patch would go well with that.

Herndon said she began researching the idea of having a pumpkin patch at the church in July, but became concerned when things moved slowly at first.

“Many of the suppliers were hesitant to give us prices because they weren’t sure of what the pumpkin crop was going to be like at that time,” Herndon added. “We finally found two suppliers who could help us.”

The church received a truck load, literally of pumpkins at the end of September. Herndon said 51 pallets were delivered which included approximately 3,000 small pumpkins and an unspecified amount of larger ones.

The church is offering the pumpkins for sale to the general public six days a week, and has also coordinated with various child care facilities and elementary schools for field trips.

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