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Pickin' Pumpkins at the Patch

By Staff
ARE YOU HUNGRY? Lazy Acres Plantation owner Michael May offers a snack to a miniature horse in his farm's animal park. Children can see many other animals including rabbits, goats and roosters when they visit Lazy Acres Pumpkin Patch in Chunky. Photo by Kyle Carter/The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
Oct. 12, 2003
Image close to a thousand, bright orange shiny pumpkins. Now image all of them in one place.
Lazy Acres Plantation in Chunky, known for its acres of Christmas trees, has branched out.
Owner Michael May said the pumpkin patch is returning for a second year because last year's inaugural event was such a success.
The farm is open Saturday and Sunday throughout October. It's open to school students for tours during the week. Admission to the pumpkin patch is free.
May got the idea for a patch after he accompanied his daughter, Mikayla, on her first-grade trip to a pumpkin patch in Pelahatchie two years ago.
May said he is also promoting "agri-tainment" a combination of agriculture and entertainment.
Pumpkin hunters get a hay ride to the patch so they can pick the perfect pumpkin ranging in size from less than a pound to 25 pounds. Prices for pumpkins are $5 to $15.
Besides the patch, there's a corn maze to explore. Children also can stuff a scarecrow with straw and take their picture with it, or watch rabbits, roosters and white tail deer in Noah's Animal Park.
May said he also has activities for adults.
But May said the highlight of the day is the pig races. At the top of each hour, four young pigs Bacon, Pigtunia, Elivs and Squeaky take off on a
U-shaped track racing for the prize of Oreo cookies.
What: Lazy Acres Plantation Pumpkin Patch
Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Directions: Take the Chunky exit off Interstate
20; drive north one mile to Lazy Acres Road;
take a left on Lazy Acres; travel one mile to the farm, which will be on the right at 596 Lazy Acres Road
Call: 655-8264
Admission: Free
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