Now that it is officially fall, seasonal festivities are in full swing. A favored activity among community members is picking out the perfect pumpkin. Grant County has several pumpkin patches that offer fall fun for the whole family.
Pumpkin Kingdom, located in Montpelier, Ind., is run by the Drennen family. Pumpkin Kingdom opened in 1999 and exists to give families, groups, and individuals a taste of the Indiana countryside.
Visitors can explore the corn maze, make friends with farm animals, and experience hayrides. Pumpkin tours of the patch are also available. Pumpkin Kingdom is an attraction that the whole family can enjoy.
Hainlen Orchard, located in Converse, Ind., is another longtime favorite among the community.
“The orchard was started in 1917, so we are 100 years old this year,” said Len Hainlen, son of the Hainlen Orchard’s owner, Carolyn Hainlen. “My great-grandfather started this orchard and it’s still a family business today.”
Hainlen Orchard features a variety of seasonal products such as apples, apple cider, baked goods, and fall vegetables. The orchard is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grant Creek Farm, owned by Justin and Kristen Lovell, is located in La Fontaine, Ind. Due to the large amount of rain this spring and summer, Grant Creek Farm will only be open Oct. 21- 22 for a Pumpkin Festival, instead of the whole month of October.
“In early summer the ground was very wet,” said Kirsten Lovell, “It kept going back and forth from warming up to going back down pretty cold at night, so the pumpkins didn’t get a very good start.”
The pumpkins are usually grown in trays. Once they are mature they are then transplanted to the fields.
“When it was time to plant them in the field, it was just too wet, we couldn’t do it with the equipment,” said Lovell, “(the pumpkins) didn’t have ideal conditions this year, so our number of pumpkins is down some than previous years.”
The Pumpkin Festival will include many activities for the community to enjoy including a pumpkin painting station. People are encouraged to decorate their pumpkin in fun and crazy ways.
“The whole point in doing this is to be a place where families can come together and do something fun,” Lovell said.
More information on Pumpkin Kingdom, Hainlen Orchard and Grant Creek Farm can be found at their Facebook pages listed below.