Papa's Pumpkin Patch began in 1983 as a "Happy Accident."
We were asked to plant pumpkins for a friend who wanted them for a parade float. We planted a few pumpkin seeds, and it wasn't a good season too wet and too cool. Add to that, the parade was moved from October to September! We had hundreds of green pumpkins for the parade, not near enough orange for our friend's request.
So, we invited local grade school teachers to bring their classes to the "Pumpkin Patch" a few weeks later when the pumpkins had turned orange. We hauled some of them into the yard and decided it would be extra special if each child could take one home. Since then, we've grown from one class of 20 children to over 5,000 pre-school and elementary students visiting Papa's Pumpkin Patch each season.