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Pumpkins ready at Oakland Heights

By By Penny Randall / staff writer
Oct. 24, 2003
For the fifth year, Oakland Heights United Methodist Church is hosting a "Pumpkin Patch."
The idea began after the church's pastor, the Rev. Ann Kaufman, attended a similar event at her home church in North Carolina.
Church members particularly enjoy the school tours during which children enjoy a goodie walk, face-painting and story time.
The pumpkins and gourds are actually grown on an Indian reservation in New Mexico. The first year the church ordered about 800 pumpkins this year they got about 1,400.
Some will fit in the palm of your hand, while the biggest weighs 60 pounds and has to be moved with a wheel barrow.
Pumpkins range in price from 50 cents to $22. Just like the past couple of years, all money raised will go to a local charity. This year, it's the Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity. Indian corn, gourds and corn stalks will also be on sale.
The church is at 1103 Highway 19 North, across from Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus. The Pumpkin Patch is open from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday.
School tours and activities for children will be offered again this year. Teachers interested in tours can contact the church office at 485-5262.
UPCOMING EVENTS
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lazy Acres in Chunky's Pumpkin Patch. Also included: pig races, corn maze, hay maze, animal park, hay ride to the pumpkin patch, food and fun. Call 655-8264 or visit www.lazy-acres.com.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Geoffrey's invites children to "A Spooky Storytime" with Halloween Jingo, a free glow-in-the-dark Halloween tattoo and a costume parade with free candy at the end of the party. The store is at 1003 Bonita Lakes Circle. Call 581-5152.
Sunday
Noon-4 p.m. Geoffrey's invites children to "A Spooky Storytime" with Halloween Jingo, a free glow-in-the-dark Halloween tattoo and a costume parade with free candy at the end of the party. The store is at 1003 Bonita Lakes Circle. Call
581-5152.
1 p.m.-5 p.m. Lazy Acres in Chunky's Pumpkin Patch; come pick your own pumpkin. Also included: pig races, corn maze, hay maze, animal park, hay ride to the pumpkin patch, food and fun. Call 655-8264 or visit www.lazy-acres.com.
Wednesday
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Harvest Festival sponsored by First Baptist Church, 701 26th Ave. The festival will include games, a cake walk, face-painting, prizes and a food court. Call 484-4600.

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