Jerry Suter of Suter's Produce has been welcoming students to his pumpkin patch for the past 12 years. On Friday, kindergarten students from Elida Elementary stopped by the pumpkin patch for a hay ride and to pick a pumpkin to take home.
Six-year-old Samantha Nickolson was bundled up for Friday's trip to the pumpkin patch, and after a hay ride through the woods, Samantha and other Elida kindergartners ran into a field of thousands of pumpkins, picking one to call their own. When asked why she chose the pumpkin she did, her answer was simple, "cause it was pretty," she said. Picking a pumpkin is only half the fun, as Samantha already has plans for what she's going to do with hers, "I'm gonna (sic) cut it out and put a light in it," said Samantha with a smile.
With thousands of pumpkins covering his field, farmer Jerry Suter was a little worried about this year's pumpkin crop after a long dry summer, but says the pumpkins turned out to be of average size after some recent months full of rain.
For young Kamryn Spivey, the pumpkins were just the right size, as she already knows what she wants to do, she plans to make a jack-o-lantern.
Each student took home their very own pumpkin, teachers took a pumpkin for the classroom and Jerry went home knowing he put a smile of the faces of dozens of Elida kindergartners.