The raining skies cleared early Saturday morning over the Sixth Annual 'Pumpkins in the Patch' event, which boasted more than 1,500 attendees.
“It's been going great. It started with a little bit of rain and God stopped it right before we got started and has just continued to provide us with a beautiful day for the families to enjoy,” said Reshell Freeman, committee chair with Hope Christian Academy.
Hayrides, pumpkin finding, food eating and even the face painting brought the gathered crowds to cheer as young and old alike selected their favorite pumpkins by size. While the annual fall occasion has moved locations over the years, it has always been hosted by Hope Christian Academy, who use the event to raise funding for the year's expenses.
Volunteers and students worked different sections of the event, from pumpkin hauling and selling to activities and student concessions.
“We walked around and loaded up the pumpkins that families wanted and take them to where they pay," Julianne Kadrmas, freshman at Hope Chrisitain Academy, said. “Then we help them load them in their cars. We did this last year too and it seems to be really helpful.”
Other students helped at the concession stands where funds raised would contribute to aiding students pay for future mission trips.
“So we have the concession stand to help raise money for trips that we go on… we get a lot of stuff donated to help with the preparation, like popcorn, the pop and a lot of the treats were made by teachers and other people,” Trent Irwin, student at the Hope Christian Academy said. “I think it's really cool we get that kind of help, because a lot of us are excited to go on the trip, but not all of us can afford the full price. Fundraisers like this really do go along way for us.”
Hope Christian Academy, always being prepared for inclement weather, readied an indoor section in the event the rain or snow hoped to ruin their event.
“It's been going excellent, I've been here since 10 a.m. and we've been probably selling 20 to 30 pumpkins an hour," David DelPadre, volunteer with the pumpkin sales said. “I've been doing this for five years and its seems to be getting more popular, especially with the new location here at the school… there are a lot more activities we can do here that we weren't able to do at the rodeo grounds in years past.”
With another successful year under their belt, Hope Christian Academy hopes this event will continue to be great for families of the Dickinson community to enjoy for years to come.