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Pumpkin patch pride: Nederland church holds fall event for fifth year

For the fifth year, locals are liming up to bring family and friends to the Nederland Apostolic Church Pumpkin Patch.

One of the pumpkin patch organizers, Jennifer Burlison, said the church will host a bake sale along with links and boudin.

“We originally started it for the building fund for our family life center here,” Burlison said. “We’re still working toward that. It’s also for the community. We really enjoy having people come out here.”

The pumpkins come from all over the country — from as far as California — and range from small, hand-held pumpkins to more than 150-pounds. Prices generally range from $1 to $35.

“We have some humongous ones that are $75, but we don’t have many of those,” she said. “We only had one guy that could lift them.”

Burlison said the turnout has been awesome despite the weather.

“We have people here when it’s sprinkling,” she said. “It’s crazy. You see people come without kids. We just had an engagement a couple of weeks ago. We had groups that wear matching shirts.”

The Church usually clears about $12,000 a year after expenses, Burilson said.

Burlison said the pumpkin patch has brought he church closer with the community.

“It’s been great to work it and volunteering,” she said. “It’s been a blessing.”

The patch is open on weekdays from 4 p.m. to dark. On the weekends, the patch opens at 10 a.m. to dark on Saturdays and noon to dark on Sundays. The pumpkin patch runs through Oct. 31.