(Rockwall) Scores of area youth recently joined other volunteers to unload truckloads of pumpkins for one of Rockwall’s most popular fall events – the Pumpkin Patch.
In its 23rd year of operation, Rockwall’s original Pumpkin Patch is now open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, through Sunday, Oct. 30.
Visitors will discover pumpkins and gourds in all shapes and sizes, decorative squash, corn stalks, hay bales, and other seasonal items for sale at the Patch, located at 1201 Ridge Road in the Ridge Road Shopping Center.
A visit to the Patch has become a tradition for area families. Some young parents who visited the Patch when they were youngsters are now bringing their own children for a photograph with the pumpkins. In addition to free photo-ops, the popular Hay Maze is waiting for adventurers to discover the secret path to the exit.
Saturdays are special for children at the Patch, with activities including Story Time, crafts projects and face painting. Other special attractions include a magician, puppet show, balloon art, and the Rockwall Children’s Chorus.
See rockwallpumpkinpatch.com for a schedule of activities at the Pumpkin Patch.
In addition to a field of carving pumpkins, the Pumpkin Patch also has a variety of specialty pumpkins, decorative gourds, squashes, and Indian corn. There will be bales of hay and otherwise difficult-to-find bundles of cornstalks. The popular specialty deli items such as pumpkin butter, jalapeno jelly, peppered pickles and candied jalapenos are also for sale.
The Original Pumpkin Patch benefits the Friends of the Rockwall County Library and the Council of Catholic Women of Our Lady of the Lake Church. Proceeds benefit local projects of each of the organizations. Those wishing to volunteer may sign up online at rockwallpumpkinpatch.com.
Tuesday is Senior Day. Seniors age 55 or better get 10 percent off. Senior outings are welcome; email email@example.com.
Rockwall is located 25 miles northeast of Dallas on Interstate 30. Whether traveling east or west on Interstate 30, take the FM 740 (Ridge Road) exit for easiest access to the Pumpkin Patch location at 1201 Ridge Road.
From I-30, Exit FM 740 (Ridge Road) turn north, and follow Ridge Road. You will see the Patch and its tent on your right in front of Brookshires Grocery Store, before you reach Hwy 205.
From the Garland/Rowlett areas, take SH 66 east to Goliad (Hwy 205), turn right (south) on Goliad and follow it to the FM 740 junction. Take FM 740 south (right hand lane). Proceed a few blocks on FM 740 (Ridge Road) and you’ll see the big tent located on the left in front of Brookshires grocery store.
Submitted by Rockwall resident Nell Wellborn, The Pumpkin Patch.
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