Tallahassee Church Opens Pumpkin Patch

Gray Memorial United Methodist Church located at the corner of Old Bainbridge and Yaupon Drive invites the public to their annual pumpkin patch.


The patch is available Oct. 4 through Oct. 31. The hours of operation are from noon till dusk.


Penny Lamboy, a member at Gray Memorial and one of ladies who initiated the pumpkin patch, described that people can choose from a variety of pumpkins ranging from small sizes to extra large.


“We have all kinds of pumpkins, some are green pumpkins and we have white pumpkins that look like lace.” Lamboy said. “We have bumpy pumpkins too, and those are my favorite.”


The pumpkin are all received from a Navajo reservation in New Mexico and range in price from 50 cents to around $40. Other items sold at the patch are gourds and flower arrangements made by the women of the church.


John Hutchison, a member of the church’s administration council, said that the pumpkin patch is a very worthy cause for all involved.


“It helps raise money for us and our admission board, it also helps raise money for the Indians on the reservation in New Mexico that help grow the pumpkins … everybody shares in the profits.” Hutchison said.


Cash, check and credit card are accepted for purchases.  All proceeds from the pumpkin patch go towards the church’s admissions.


Hutchison explained the pumpkin patch is a great opportunity for the community. Visitors are encouraged to sit, play, and take pictures with pumpkins.


“The volunteers who work the pumpkin patch enjoy the opportunity to work with each other and talk to people from our neighborhood who come through.  It gives us the chance to invite them to come to church with us, so there’s some outreach opportunities with it,” Hutchison said.


The church invites everyone to their fall festival on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m., which will feature pony rides, a bouncy house, crafts, vendors and food.