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Volunteers, church members open annual pumpkin patch

Posted: October 11, 2017 - 1:10am
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Volunteers and church members work together at the Marvin United Methodist Church to unload pumpkins Sunday afternoon. The pumpkin patch funds mission work the church does every year.
Volunteers and church members work together at the Marvin United Methodist Church to unload pumpkins Sunday afternoon. The pumpkin patch funds mission work the church does every year.

As winds and rain beared down on a growing crowd of volunteers Sunday outside of Marvin United Methodist Church it wasn't enough to drive them away as a tractor trailer full of pumpkins finally arrived.

The truck carried 25,000 pounds of pumpkins and gourds from New Mexico to the church to sell at its annual Pumpkin Patch, according to church member Bob Eash.

Volunteers from Paine College, Evans High School and other groups joined church members in unloading the pumpkins. And the work continued on through the bouts of pouring rain and wind.

All proceeds from the corner pumpkin patch will benefit mission work locally and abroad.

"We support Kipuke Ministries, which is a ministry in Togo, West Africa and we will also give a donation to Paine College and different mission work as it comes along here at the church," Eash said.

And for the past 15 years, Eash said the place is also a fundraiser for mission work, but also a fun place for families to gather.

"We have some family members that have been with us every year we've done it and they come back every year," Eash said. "It is a fundraiser for mission work, but it is also a family activity where kids and their parents can come out and enjoy themselves, no admission cost, no purchase required, we just want it to be a fun and friendly and safe place for families to enjoy themselves this October."

The patch will be open Oct. 7-31 and will be open Sundays to Fridays, noon-7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The church will hold its annual Pumpkin Patch Festival from 5:30 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 4400 Wheeler Road.

 

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