Crestview Methodist church pumpkin patch now open

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Volunteers at First United Methodist Church of Crestview unload a truckload of pumpkins for its pumpkin patch fundraiser for the church's Children's Program. The patch will be open through Oct. 31.

CRESTVIEW — The First United Methodist Church pumpkin patch will be open through Oct. 31.

The pumpkin patch has been open since Oct. 4 at the church 599 Eighth Ave. in Crestview.

A row of different types of pumpkins is displayed at First United Methodist Church of Crestview. The church's pumpkin patch fundraiser with various activities is open through Oct. 31.

The event features a daily story time for local schools, day care centers and small groups. There is a coloring and craft table for the kids, apple cider, photo opportunity, and a Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin gamey. Small carving and large pumpkins are available for purchase, as well as miniature pumpkins while supplies last. 

Pumpkins are displayed at the First United Methodist Church of Crestview's pumpkin patch. The patch is open through Oct. 31 at the church at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Ferdon Boulevard.

The fundraiser is open to the public, but reservations are needed to accommodate a class or group for the story times.

Contact Angela at 850-682-2018 to schedule a time for your group. Story time can be scheduled as early as 8:30 a.m. each day.

Some samples of the books to be read are: "Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins,"  "The Big, Big Pumpkin," and "Too Many Pumpkins." 

Volunteers at First United Methodist Church of Crestview gathered and moved pallets of pumpkins, set up lights and did other jobs for the church's pumpkin patch. The patch is open through Oct. 31.

All proceeds will go to the church's Children's Program to benefit programing and camp tuition.

The pumpkin patch is the result of a lot of hard work from volunteers.

Children at First United Methodist Church of Crestview unload a truck of pumpkins to prepare for the church's pumpkin patch fundraiser.  "Our children have worked so hard to participate in this fundraiser and begin what we hope to be a tradition for our ministry," a church spokesperson said.

"From moving and gathering pallets to unloading pumpkins, sitting up lights to passing out stickers, our volunteers have gone above and beyond to support our Children’s Program," a church spokesperson stated. "The most rewarding experience of all has been watching our church reconnect and take on this project together. 

"Hearing the stories from our customers about memories of the Methodist Church and ways it has touched their lives has been a blessing," the spokesperson added. "We live in an amazing community and we are so thankful to everyone who has been a part of this year's pumpkin patch."