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Saturday, 23 September 2017 16:49

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ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times



Halloween will be upon the area before too long, and one of the most important parts of any home’s Halloween decorations is the pumpkins on the front porch. 

For those looking for their perfect pumpkins, Pumpkin Paradise LLC in Sublette should be on the list of places to visit in the search. 

“Last year, we didn’t have any rainy weekends or any bad weather, which was great because typically people won’t want to go out in the cold or the rain to come get their pumpkins,” Pumpkin Paradise Owner Janet Weidner said. “We did really well and since we’re in the middle of Liberal, Dodge City and Garden City, it’s great we’re able to get customers from those places. We also get a lot of people from Sublette too. And in Western Kansas, there’s not a whole lot of places like this, so people really like it.”

Pumpkin Paradise at 1855 Road 100 in Sublette is a pick-your-own pumpkin patch with 12 acres and more than 200 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds out there. There is also a corn maze that has three parts to it, with the smallest part being the children’s part, and people can actually choose if they want to do one or two of the parts or they can do all three, Weidner said. Weidner’s husband also built a catapult that can throw a pumpkin about 200 feet, which Weidner said is always fun to watch. Like last year, the Weidners will also have their giant pumpkin where if a customer correctly guesses its weight, they  can take it home with them, with the choosing for that set to take place the last Friday of October. There’s also a playground with games for everyone, small playhouses for children along with duck races and wagon rides. 

This year, the pumpkin patch opened Saturday and will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays though the end of October. There are also appointments taken for weekdays for schools to come and let students get pumpkins, and Weider said there are several already reserved

“It’s so fun to watch them grow, we watch them all summer while we’re taking care of weeds and it’s great seeing them get so big,” Weidner said. “I’ve had several comments about how our pumpkin patch is one of the few places where children and their parents can play together, which is a great feeling for me.”

Overall, Weidner said, one of her favorite things is interacting with the customers. 

“Our pumpkins are so beautiful right now and as it goes on and as more people come, they’ll see all the pumpkins out there,” Weidner said. “A lot of people love coming, and my favorite thing is listening to all the happy noises around the patch and hearing all the conversations and the children laughing, just seeing them have a great day. Everyone will enjoy getting out in the fresh air and getting some exercise as they walk through the patch and seeing everything grow. It just becomes a great spot when it fills up with people, and I’m looking especially forward to that.”

Admission to the patch is $5 for those ages 3 and up, and that includes most of the activities. Overall, Weidner said she is excited to see how this season turns out. 

“Another thing I enjoy is seeing people from other countries come and then having them tell me what they do with pumpkins in their countries,” Weidner said. “I learned from a lady from Peru pumpkins are one of the many things they eat. I also had a lady from Russia tell me what the word for pumpkin was in her language, then there was a customer from Australia who said they don’t have pumpkins for their Halloween because this time of the year, it’s spring for them, so there’s a lot of information you pick up.”

 

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