Yesterday we drove past the local pumpkin patch and were totally shocked to see the number of cars and people! It was INSANE I tell you! We first started going to this place when Trace was just tiny and essentially no one had heard of it. It’s grown just a tad. So, as we drove by yesterday and discussed the cost for a family of five we knew there was no way we could swing it this year. I knew the kids were bummed (especially Trace who loves tradition), but they are so understanding of financial matters. Then late in the evening there was a knock at the door and in walks a friend we literally haven’t seen in years! He works a the pumpkin patch and was stopping by with five free passes for us!!! I was honestly just totally shocked. How could he have know the decision we had made just hours earlier? Only God.
So with the beautiful Fall sun shining down on us we set out this morning to try and beat the crowds. Apparently everyone who wasn’t there yesterday decided to get up early and go today presumably to beat the crowds. Needless to say it was a bit crowded! By the time we left though there was a line probably a good 20 minutes just to get on the tractor to take you out to the fields and cars had filled the parking areas and spread across the street to the baseball field’s parking lot! Just nuts! According to our friend they estimated over 9000 people yesterday ALONE! At $8 a person, three days a week over three weekends?!? Holy Cow.
The kids had a lot of fun and were sooo grateful to be there! Trace just kept saying how much he loves going since we all get to go as a family and it is such a fun place to be. The boys and Rick picked four of the largest pumpkins they could find and I just shook my head and told Rick he better be prepared for all that cleaning he’ll be doing! Before heading home we had some hot apple cider and kettle corn and the boys did the corn maze while Paige and I checked out the animals. What a fun filled, beautiful day!!!