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Pumpkin Patch Sale

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - First United Methodist Church rolled out pumpkins and jump started its annual pumpkin patch sale Wednesday. This has been an ongoing project since 1997. But his year, the church's focus is expanding from sales and decorating to building houses. Church worker, Denise Hardy said,"we are building a habitat home here in Monroe, we started it about 10 or 11 weeks ago and all the proceeds for the pumpkin sales will go for our habitat home."

Pumpkin mazes and haystack-huts were set up for kid friendly fun. Gourds in all shapes, sizes, and colors blanketed the front lawn for picking. Hardy shared a certain picking technique people need to know about. "Of course when you're choosing a pumpkin to carve, you need to pick at least a medium to large size so that it will be a little easier to carve," she said.

Pumpkin seeds are a common by product of the fall's jack-O-lantern carvings and Ms. Hardy said not to let all those seeds go to waste. "You can roast them, you can wash them, you can plant them."

Teachers keep the seeds for arts and crafts projects. Students who visit on field trips will be given mini pumpkins to carve. And there's a wagon to tote the heartier pumpkins around. Lod Hayes was the first customer and was ready to personalize his pumpkin. He said,"the goofy jack-O-lantern face is everyone's favorite."


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