Autumn is here, and so are the fall celebrations.
Three United Methodist churches are holding their annual pumpkin patches and Halloween events.
Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans is holding its annual Pumpkins and Flowers for a Purpose from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 30.
The church at 825 N. Belair Road has mums and pansies for sale as well as a large variety of pumpkins.
"It is just a fun place for families to come," said Linda Jolley, the office manager.
With a bubble machine, hay bales and lots of flowers and pumpkins, the pumpkin patch is a popular place for families to go for pumpkins and photos.
"Families are certainly welcome to come and set up their own photo op," Jolley said.
The Wesley pumpkin patch, which benefits the church's foreign missions, will end with Pumpkin Pallooza from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 30. The free event will include pony rides, children's inflatables and refreshments.
Harlem United Methodist Church is holding a fall bazaar in connection with its annual pumpkin patch. The bazaar runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 115 W. Milledgeville Road in Harlem.
"It is a family fun day at the pumpkin patch," said Debbie Nunley, the church secretary.
The event also includes a petting zoo, hayrides, arts and crafts for children, story time, a science lesson about pumpkins and a playground. Arts, crafts and refreshments also will be sold.
A second family fun day, without the arts and crafts vendors, will be held at the pumpkin patch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 23.
The pumpkin patch is open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-7 p.m. Sundays through Halloween.
Marvin United Methodist Church in Martinez is holding its annual Corner Pumpkin Patch through Halloween at the church on Wheeler Road at Belair Road. It is open from noon until 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1-6 p.m. Sunday.
For information, call (706) 863-0510.
The pumpkin patch is accompanied by the Country Store, which is "an upscale yard sale," said Carol Scoggins, an event coordinator.
"No clothing, just small appliances, some furniture and books," she said.
On Oct. 23, the Marvin Women will provide refreshments.
The church is holding its annual Fall Craft Show on Nov. 13 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
"There will be some vendors," Scoggins said. "Mostly crafts -- crocheted items, sewing, quilts, candles -- anything that you've made with your hands."
South Columbia Elementary School is throwing its fall carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school on McCormick Road in Martinez.
The carnival features lots of games, inflatables, a bake sale, karaoke and other activities.
"There are things to do for all ages of children," said Alicia Stewart, an event coordinator. "It is our annual school fundraiser carnival."
Stewart said proceeds go toward school improvements. The carnival is free, but tickets are required for rides and games.
Evans Middle School's Knights Holiday Bazaar is offering a chance to do some holiday shopping.
Vendors are still being accepted for the event, which will feature crafts, holiday decor, jewelry, kitchen needs, cookbooks, accessories, personalized gifts and direct sales products.
The free event is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the school at 4785 Hereford Farm Road in Evans.
For information, call (706) 863-2275, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.evansmiddle.net.
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