By Woodrow Polston
FRANKFORD—The Peno Creek Pumpkin Patch opened last Saturday for its fifth season. Offering a good variety of activities, including a corn pit, farm animal exhibit, corn maze, hayrides, and even a zip line for the children, owner Curtis Delgman said that they also have plenty of nice pumpkins to choose from this year.
“We had good production this year despite weather conditions,” said Delgman. “I planted the corn and the pumpkins at the same time this year and we had a good rain around the ninth of June. I planted early and we were fortunate enough to get the moisture that we needed. We have all the activities that were here last year. We are hosting several schools, daycares, and nursing homes during the coming weeks. It is really good to see the visitors get the opportunity to experience the great outdoors while they are here at the farm,” he added.
Admission is $8, and there are smash burgers, hot dogs, and beverages available for guests who have an appetite. A large outdoor screen is also been utilized on the grounds to show movies during special occasions. Holly Delgman said that the turnout for opening weekend was good, as usual.
“We had around 200 visitors this weekend,” said Holly. “We opened a week early this year due to there being one less weekend in October. With the warmer temperatures it just didn’t feel much like a fall day today. Typically, we have our busiest days and most traffic around the second and third weekend of October. That seems to be when people are ready to come and get their pumpkins. It is also a good time as football games are winding down ahead of the basketball season,” she added.
The Peno Creek Pumpkin Patch will be open through the end of October. The site is available for group bookings. It also has a party pavilion people can rent. It is located at 8060 Old Hwy. 61, Frankford, Mo. They are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.