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Pumpkin patch opens in North Little Rock

Sunday, a sure sign fall is here, pumpkin patches open. The First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock opened its pumpkin patch Sunday to benefit its youth group.
Sunday, a sure sign fall is here, pumpkin patches opened up.  The First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock opened its pumpkin patch Sunday to benefit its youth group. This year, the crop impresses youth group leaders. They say this year's pumpkins are bigger and better than ever before.

"When I was little, they'd let us work it at night and after school, and I got to stay up late and play in the pumpkin patch, and it was awesome," says Bailey Martin.

Bailey Martin and her friends spent this first Sunday of fall rallying pumpkin patch customers on JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock.

Besides having tons of fun, selling pumpkins allows youth group members to go on mission trips to help others.

"We've gone down to New Orleans and the Lower Ninth Ward, and what have we done? We helped cleared out some of the yards and real tall weeds, and we painted a house for an old lady once," says Jake West.

Prices range from three to 25 dollars. This is the first year the youth group remembers having 20 and 25-dollar pumpkins. The good crop means more money to help them with mission trips.

So, since this is clearly a staged pumpkin patch on the church lawn, how do the pumpkins get here?

"There's a big truck. It comes from the four corners in New Mexico, I think, they just bring the truck in over here, and we just make a huge assembly line and unload them all," says Martin.
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