PITTSBURG — The Wood Farms Pumpkin Patch opens this weekend and will offer family fun throughout the month of October.
The patch is run by Richard and Laura Wood and offers activities for children and adults alike. The patch is located just southwest of Pittsburg and opens Saturday. The patch is open every Saturday and Sunday through October 29.
Laura Wood said the patch got started when her son’s kindergarten teacher asked if they could set something up for an upcoming field trip the students were taking. The Woods have operated the pumpkin patch for 11 years now.
The patch has a hay bale maze and corn maze, as well as a large corn crib for children to play in. Other children’s activities include inflatable bounce houses and slide, a tire mountain, a milking cow and plastic duck races.
“We updated our tire mountain with some tunnels last year,” Laura Wood said. “And we purchased a combine for the children to climb around in and see.”
She said they have added multiple farming equipment displays, and a combine slide this year.
“A lot of kids who come haven’t seen farming stuff,” she said. “They like to sit up on tractors and other things and take pictures.”
Families can also take photographs with a large Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin display, and children can get temporary tattoos and have their faces painted.
Wagon rides, barrel-train rides and a petting zoo are also available. The patch also has a huge selection of mums, gourds and pumpkins — some you can even shoot.
One dollar will earn visitors the opportunity to launch three pumpkins out of a slingshot and aim for cash prizes.
Woods Farm Pumpkin Patch is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Entry to the patch is $5, and the cost includes all activities except face painting, tattoos and the pumpkin slingshot. Children two years old and under are free.
Wood Farms is located at 1122 S. 200th Street in rural Pittsburg.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.