Sofia Steward Benitez, 1, of Dallas checks out the pumpkins at the FUMC Student Ministries Pumpkin Patch.
By Amanda Rogers
Pumpkin checkers, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, pumpkin mazes, pumpkin bowling and, oh yeah, pumpkins are piled up in front of First United Methodist Church Mansfield.
“It’s a fund-raiser and also a gathering place for people to hang out, enjoy the fall weather and the community, which we need right now,” said Casey Mallory, the church’s high school student ministries director.
Flying Squirrel Coffee Company is on hand in the patch from 3-7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekends to help add to the party on the corner of Walnut Creek Drive and Pleasant Ridge Road.
Profits from the pumpkin patch help pay for the students’ annual United Ministries Week, when the kids go out into the community to help build and do service projects.
Bigger pumpkins range from $8-$25, while the smaller ones are $1-$4.
The patch is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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