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Pumpkins in the Patch at new location for 5th anniversary

Kids play Plinko at Pumpkins in the Patch on Saturday. Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press1 / 3
Kaitlyn and son Clarke Crumpton, 5, paint a pumpkin at Pumpkins in the Patch on Saturday. Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press2 / 3
Ten-month-old Easton Kwao plays with pumpkins at Pumpkins in the Patch on Saturday. Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press3 / 3

Signs tied with orange balloons pointed the way to Hope Christian Academy for its fifth annual Pumpkins in the Patch on Saturday.

"This is our first year at this location," said Debbie Dazell, Development Director of HCA, "which is appropriate because the school is the one hosting it, as well as the fact that the first Patch really helped in getting our building so that we could add on to the school."

This isn't the first change of scenery for Pumpkins in the Patch. The first year of the event, it was in a field on the east side of town where they grew some of the pumpkins, Dazell said. For the next three years, it was held at Dickinson State University.

"We were supposed to be over at DSU this year, but with the rain and snow the last couple of days, we decided to move it here just in case today ended up still being kind of not as nice," she said. "We wanted to make sure that we had the option to have some inside things."

The funds generated by event go into the general fund for the school.

Since it's the fifth anniversary of the event, HCA gave away T-shirts as a thank you to the first 100 paying guests, Dazell said.

Pumpkins in the Patch started as a means of raising money for HCA's new building, and as a means to give the community something to do in the fall.

"We started it because we just really wanted to have something for the Dickinson community, as far as a fall activity," said Dazell. "At that time, five years ago, the oil boom was definitely more at the height so there were a lot of people in the community that wanted more to do."

Activities included chalk art, train rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting and games including bean bag toss, checkers, connect four and backyard darts. Food and product vendors and portrait stations were also available.