Q5: Stillwater Lions and Highland Park United Methodist Church ready to welcome fall with the annual Pumpkin Patch | news
Thanks to a few Stillwater groups and lots of volunteers, the annual Pumpkin Patch is a welcome sight for anyone looking forward to autumn in Oklahoma. Stillwater Noon Lions Club and Highland Park United Methodist Church will open this year’s Pumpkin Patch at 1 p.m. on September 25th. They have all sorts of events planned at 524 N. Stallard, so we asked Lion Richard Hawkins about this year’s Pumpkin Patch.
1. Can we learn about the background of the pumpkin patch?
The pumpkin patch began six years ago as a fundraiser jointly sponsored by Highland Park United Methodist Church and the Stillwater Noon Lions Club. The pumpkins will be shipped from Pumpkin USA, Navajo Indian Reservation, in Farmington, New Mexico. Pumpkin USA delivers over 100 pumpkin fields to the USA each year. A semi-trailer truck with 2,900 pumpkins will be delivered at the end of September and unloaded at the church. The result is a beautiful pumpkin patch.
2. Which events will take place in the pumpkin field this year?
The Pumpkin Patch is open on weekdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from September 25th at 1 p.m. Special events in October include pancake breakfast, cake sales, a Misspent Ukes concert, cornhole tournament, food truck, carriage rides, spaghetti lunch, Stillwater Community Band, Lions vision screening, children’s carnival, trick or treating in the patch, pumpkin catapult and a 50 / 50 raffle.
3. Why are Lions and Methodist Churches doing the pumpkin patch and what are donations being collected for?
We serve the citizens of our community and the world. Fundraisers include Highland Park Elementary School, church playground equipment, church startup grants for local entrepreneurs, glasses for adults and children, eye tests, Oklahoma Lions corneal bank, Lions International Disaster Relief, Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation, Oklahoma Lions Meadows of Hope Foster Care Congregation in Perkins, Lions Health Screening, Lions Clubs International Foundation, Lions College, and Vocational School Scholarships.
4. How well does the pumpkin field traditionally perform in collecting donations, visitor numbers and pumpkins sold?
The patch serves thousands of customers each year and sells 2,900 pumpkins as well as specialty gourds and gourds, and the project has grown every year. After deducting the expenses, all funds collected will be used to support our donation recipients.
5. Is there anything else you would like people to know about the Lions?
We would like to thank the following supporters who have contributed to the success of the patch: Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater Milling Company, Cimarron Carriages, B&C Office Products, Renaissance Assisted Living, Bill Bernhardt Jr., Stillwater Screening Printing, Wal Mart, Oncue Marketing, Homeland, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Rhodas Filipino Cuisine, Cousins Maine Lobster, Wesley Foundation, Boy Scouts, OSU Greek Houses, Church, Lions members and community volunteers put hundreds of hours into planning and running the pumpkin patch every year. We would like to thank Stillwater and the surrounding communities for supporting the patch. Your pumpkin purchases help our organizations meet the needs of thousands.
– Beau Simmons