One of the best things about running our pumpkin patch business is that every fall we become the place where our families and friends tend to gather. We have places to entertain (without even needing to clean the house!) and lots of folks who we don't see very often usually stop by this time of year.
This was the case last Sunday when we celebrated my grandma's 85th birthday. We took a hay ride, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire, and ended the evening with cake in the schoolhouse.
My niece Grace helps Grandma blow out the candles.
We really had a neat mix of relatives and near-relatives all together that day. Not only were the Jacobsons gathered for the birthday celebration, but my Aunt Cathy's mother (not an official family member, but I've called her "Grandma Stine" all my life) and Cathy's sister Ellen were there. Our brother-in-law Greg (married to Terry's sister), niece Zoe and newphew Luke happened to come by at the same time. Everyone was on the hay ride together, and I realized how special that was and felt fortunate that we could have that experience. Just a perk of the job, I guess!
Grace (aged 3 1/2) gets a ride from Luke (20 months) - -what a little stud!
P.S. -- I'm SORRY it has been SO long since my last blog entry! It was a busy couple months getting the pumpkin patch ready for our Sept. 18 opening, but things have settled into a pattern now and I hope to blog more often. This Sunday is our Fifth Anniversary Bash, celebrating the day we first opened to the public (Oct. 1, 2005). Here's a complete listing of our upcoming events. The Pumpkin Festival continues through Halloween. Hope to see you soon at the farm!
Oct. 3 – Five Year Anniversary Bash! Celebrate the fifth-anniversary of our opening day with free treats, face painters, and a jump-in from the Lincoln Sport Parachute Club!
Oct. 9 – Doggy Day. Bring your canine friends (on their leashes, please) for a day at the farm. Doggy admission is $4.00 and proceeds will be donated to the Capital Humane Society. Volunteers from the CHS will be on-site from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with adoptable dogs and information. Dog treats and water dishes will be provided.
Oct. 16 – Ag Day. Get up close and personal with agriculture! We will again be partnering with the Conestoga H.S. Future Farmers of America (FFA) to bring you a day filled with agricultural demonstrations, fun farm-themed contests and activities, lots of animals, and many hands-on learning opportunities!
Oct. 30 – Goblin’s Egg Hunt. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. with our third-annual hunt (open to children ages 12 & under). Be there early as the hunt will begin promptly at 10:30. Bring a sack or basket and join the fun!
Oct. 31 – Halloween Party. Children in costume receive a Trick-or-Treat goody bag. HUGE pumpkin sales and season-end specials in the gift shop!