Valdosta Daily Times

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March 11, 2008

Pumpkin patch honors

Lakeland United Methodist Church learned recently that its October Pumpkin Patch won second place in the Patch Appeal Contest sponsored by Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers, the New Mexico firm that produces and distributes pumpkins all across the United States.

The church’s second year Pumpkin Patch was the only church representing the state of Georgia in the nine top places in this year’s “patch appeal” winners. In addition to the national recognition, the local church effort received a $250 award for its national win.

Lisa Plair, Pumpkin Patch coordinator, presented LUMC Pastor Rich Wright with the citation awarded to the church for its fund-raising endeavor during the Sunday morning worship service Feb. 24.

Local school children made field trip visits to the patch where they enjoyed storytime, gained instruction in plant science and became better acquainted with pumpkins as well as other fall crops — hay, corn stalks, sugar cane — and harvest season decorations.

The Harvest Decorations contest enlivened and “dressed up” the community as business and professional firms put out their decorations.

Major features added included a community Kids’ Fun Day and T-shirts especially designed for the Pumpkin Patch. Kids’ Fun Day involved every segment of the church in producing a Sunday afternoon of food and entertainment. Activities included band concert music, games, a bounce house, competitive events and a huge slide.

“The church congregation gained an intense interest in the success of last year’s Pumpkin Patch,” said Wright. “The bonding of people within the church seemed to become even greater this year as members worked together and gave their individual talents and capabilities to the project.”

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