NOXEN TWP. – Area residents flocked to the Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch over the weekend for pumpkin picking, scarecrow making and hay riding.
The activities served to kick off the business’ autumn season with the first full day of fall being Sunday.
Many families come back year after year, making the event a family tradition.
“It’s a friendly, lazy event,” said owner Joel Field. “Nothing is haunted or anything. It’s great for the whole family.”
Field said the event is consistent with the business’ “pick your own” concept, which brings people out to pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and tomatoes.
Field, who grew up on a farm, remembers as a youth bringing visitors on a very simple farm vehicle to the apple orchard, giving them ladders and letting them pick fruit for a few hours.
“They had a blast,” he said. “It was simple, but it was just a lot of fun.”
When he opened his business about 15 years ago, Field wanted to give people the same opportunity.
“Today people are so far removed from their food sources,” he said. “In addition to having fun, people also learn about how things grow.”
Amy Kemmerer and her daughter Clara, 7, of Kingston Township, said they looked forward to coming to the event every year.
“We always make a scarecrow. It’s free – we just bring old clothes to stuff,” said Kemmerer. “Then we’ll do the hayride, the corn maze and then stop for cider.”
Across the way, Jenna Katchik, 2, was also fashioning a pint-sized scarecrow, which she affectionately called “my baby.”
“She’s had a lot of fun,” said mom Christina Katchik. “She especially likes the googly eyes.”
Owner Stacy Field, manning the cash register, said people often come and stay for an several hours, enjoying not just the activities, but the chance to spend time with their families.
“We not only sell quality products, but we also help people learn about where their food comes from and have fun as they pick it,” she said. “Our autumn events also add a bit of entertainment to the mix.”
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