On Sunday, Oct. 10, a semi-truck full of pumpkins unloaded onto the lawn of Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Roscoe Boulevard, turning the grassy field into a magical patch.
This is the largest load of pumpkins the church has ever received from its Navajo, New Mexico, farm supplier.
The annual pumpkin patch will run through Oct. 31. Hours of operation will be 1 p.m. to dusk weekdays, 9 a.m. to dusk Saturdays and 11 a.m. to dusk Sundays.
Inside the pavilion, there will also be hundreds of small pumpkins that go by names such as Snowball, Spooky, Mini and Perfect, as well as gourds such as Swan, Gizmo, Wings, Star and Elf House.
“We always have a beautiful selection of pumpkins in many different colors and set up a photo area in the field with hay and pumpkins and other decorations for family photos and selfies,” said Deb Nye, the Lord of Life Lutheran Church coordinator of this signature fundraising event.
The other stars of the patch are the pumpkin pies made on site with pumpkins from the patch. The demand has grown over the years from an average of 50 pies to last year’s 160. The amount of materials needed to create those pies is staggering: 570 eggs, 160 cans of evaporated milk, 80 pounds of brown sugar, 70 pounds of white sugar, 60 pounds of flour and more. There are 6-inch pies for $6 and 9-inch pies for $10 along with assorted breads, baked goods and pickles.
Several handheld wagons will be available to cart pumpkins to cars, and there will be a handwashing station.
Pumpkins are priced by their height using a measuring tape that goes from the stem down around the bottom of the pumpkin and back to the top of the stem.
Lord of Life’s website is lordoflifepvb.prg; on Facebook @lordoflifepontevedra or Instagram @lordoflifepvb.