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The Coronado Pumpkin Patch Brings A Touch Of Halloween To Town

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:34 pm

The Coronado Pumpkin Patch was a busy place last Saturday afternoon. Families were taking photos sitting on the hay next to pumpkins, children were decorating pumpkins with stickers, while others were looking for eye balls hidden in a box of corn kernels.

The Coronado Pumpkin Patch opened at the Ferry Landing on Oct. 17 and has been a success. In just a few days people from all over the area have visited it, enjoyed its offerings and taken lots of pictures.

For some, like 9-month old Katie Knotts, it’s her first Halloween photo and her grandparents had made sure she was dressed for the occasion with a Halloween-themed outfit. Her grandmother Denise Rollins was happy she had taken her granddaughter to the patch and had the opportunity to take photos “It’s beautiful, the ambiance is wonderful,” she said.

Treats like popcorn, candied apples, apple cider and cotton candy kept some kids busy in between the activities, including a pumpkin decorating station and a slime station. Balloon, caricature and face painting artists were all at hand to make the trip to the patch a special place for little ones.

Coronado Flower Lady owner Shanel Albert and her husband Steven are the people behind this fun place. Steven Albert said it has been very busy from the first day they opened. On the first day alone 80 people showed up right at opening time. “Our vision was supposed to be more boutique like, no jumpies or rides but a cute little space. We expected a few dozen people coming through but we have had a line non-stop since we opened,” he said.

The Alberts hired local high school students to help out at the patch. “We found some amazing kids, super friendly and polite,” said Steven Albert.

On the day of the grand opening Oct. 18, the Pumpkin Patch hosted a Pumpkins 4 PAWS event. Mayor Richard Bailey dropped a 150 pound pumpkin from a 3-story building with a raffle ticket inside and 100 percent of the proceeds of the raffle went to PAWS of Coronado.

Shanel Albert explained that the Ferry Landing asked the couple to do a pumpkin patch this year. Last year the couple had put together a Christmas tree farm but unfortunately due to a storm it got flooded.

“[The Pumkin Patch] has been a success. Our family loves to go to pumpkin patches. We wanted to have games, slime… balloons… We’ve attracted a lot of people everyday” she said.

Resident Kathy Wallace Hafner saw the patch driving by one day, so she went to pick up her grandson Joe to bring him there. Together they were decorating a pumpkin with stickers. “It’s super cute,” she said of the patch.

An area for pet adoptions was set up near the patch and many people stopped by to the pet dogs.

While some people were buying pumpkins of all sizes, some were there just to have fun and enjoy the warm fall afternoon among the hay bales.

Pumpkin patches became popular after World War II when trick or treating increased in the U.S. Pumpkin patches have become the place to pick the perfect pumpkin, have some fun and create memories with the many activities offered. The biggest pumpkin patches are a 20-acre patch in Snohomish, Washington and a 30-acre in Middleton, Maryland. According to 90,000 acres of pumpkins are planted every year.

Fun facts about pumpkins according to

Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.

Pumpkin flowers are edible.

The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.

In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.

Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.

The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.

Pumpkins are 90 percent water.

Coronado Pumpkin Patch hours: Mon-Thurs. 3 to 7 p.m., Fri. 3 to 9 p.m., Sat-Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tokens can be purchased on site. The patch will be open until Halloween night.

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