Pumpkin Patch Picking
It's that time of year again, and a sign that Halloween is just around the corner. The First United Methodist Church unloaded their pumpkins earlier today. Lauren Kendrick has that story.
The First United Methodist Church prepares for the fall season by unloading pumpkins for their annual pumpkin patch.
"There's only one season in Laredo, which is summertime so what we do is kind of bring the fall to Laredo through this experience."
The pastor of the Methodist church says they got a lot of help unloading the pumpkins from the truck from a local student council group.
"We have a small youth group so we sure appreciate St. Augustin for their help."
Pastor Peter Aguilar mentions the other activities offered at the pumpkin patch.
"We have story tellers that tell stories; we give out recipes."
And while many people just think of pumpkins as decorations during the fall, Pastor Aguilar says there are many other things to do with the pumpkins.
"These pumpkins are edible which means you can make empanadas, pumpkin pies. You can make all sorts of things."
Other than the pumpkins making the outside of the church look good, this year's pumpkin patch organizer Faith Gonzalez explains where the pumpkins come from.
"They're grown by the Navajo nation and the proceeds go towards our youth group to go to camp and other places."
This is the ninth year the church has their pumpkin patch and Gonzalez says it's become a tradition for families to bring their children every year.
"The families come out and they take pictures in the patch and they pick out whatever pumpkin they want. It's really fun for the little ones."
The pumpkin patch is free and open to the public starting tomorrow and lasting through the end of the month. Pastor Aguilar says that on the 31st whatever pumpkins are left are free for whoever wants them.