Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Pumpkin Patch

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Antonia Gutierrez

Sunday Oct. 10 was the grand opening of the 6th Annual Pumpkin Patch put on by the LC Valley Habitat for Humanity. The Pumpkin Patch is the Habitat’s signature fundraising event.

The LC Valley Habitat for Humanity is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. The Habitat has been building homes since 1991. Thanks to volunteers and donors, they have been able to build 34 homes for those in need.

Before there could be a grand opening, there was a lot happening behind the scenes to get it set up for the public. Planning for the pumpkin patch started during the summer.

One of the important things that needed to be done was ordering pumpkins. There can’t be a pumpkin patch without any pumpkins.

Last year, there was a shortage of pumpkins. All the pumpkins had been sold a week before Halloween! On the bright side, the Habitat for Humanity was able to raise as much money as they could to help others, but sadly they had to close a week before.

This year, twice as many pumpkins were ordered. Around 4,000 pumpkins were delivered on Saturday, October 9th.

According to the LC Valley Pumpkin Patch’s Instagram, the pumpkins came from a farm on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Farmington, NM.

A lot of volunteers worked together to help unload the pumpkins on that Saturday morning. Volunteers helped stack up pumpkins on pallets, set up fencing around the perimeter, and decorate the patch.

It was amazing to see the area go from a simple field to a beautiful pumpkin patch in only a matter of hours thank to the amazing volunteers.

The patch is open now until Halloween from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are all kinds of pumpkins available to buy, small, tall, round, white, colored, etc! All proceeds go back to the Habitat to help provide homes and home repairs in the Lewis- Clark Valley.

Aside from picking pumpkins, the patch is perfect place to take fall pictures. There is also a kid friendly area with a variety of games to keep them entertained. Overall the patch is perfect for all ages!

The Pumpkin Patch is located at the Clarkston United Methodist Church located at 1242 Highland Avenue.

The Habitat is still looking for volunteers to help work at their eservice tent. Shifts start at just 3 hours. To volunteer contact Julia at 509-860-4865 or email [email protected]