Pumpkin patch ready for business next week

Posted October 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm

The Rustler Roost out-of-school time program will again have its pumpkin patch open for kids and grown-ups October 10, 11 and 12 from 4- 7 p.m. Watch for the signs between Miller and St. Lawrence on Highway 14.

With the efforts of several community partners, the patch has grown to include a corn maze. Monte Heilman of REA Hybrids seed company donated the corn seed for the planting of nine acres of corn. Rich and Becky Nelson provided the land, planting and tillage. Mark Ketelhut with his FFA students designed the maze, utilizing global positioning. Rustler Roost kids, along with some Master Gardeners, planted the patch full of pumpkins and gourds. 

At the patch, the Huron National Guard unit will provide a tent in which children can work at tables to decorate their pumpkin choices. There will be activities for kids. Parents may choose to have a picture taken of their child(ren) in a bales and pumpkins setting.   

The maze pattern allows for a shorter, less difficult path for the less adventuresome, while others may choose the longer, more challenging and complicated paths. It is “on the grape vine” that Mr. Ketelhut has some interesting plans for the maze involving his FFA kids when the Roost has completed its hours of operation. 

This pumpkin patch activity is another example of how people in the area work together to create new, interesting opportunities for the folks of the community.