Pumpkin Patch offers country fun

Posted By | September 24, 2004 12:00 am

Jeanne Bruce
The Pumpkin Patch and Funland offers “good, clean country fun,” according to it’s owner, Mike Graham.
“We have a horse, turkeys, rabbits, goats, and baby calves, all for the little ones to enjoy,” Graham said.
The Pumpkin Patch and Funland also offers a bounce house, a corn maze, hay rides, volleyball, basketball, a picnic area and more. It is located at 4132 Cherry Creek Road in White County, where there is plenty of room to roam.
“We have lots of churches, school groups and senior citizens that come out here,” said Graham. “Pacesetters [groups] from all over middle Tennessee love to come here, too.”
Graham explained that many facilities like The Pumpkin Patch and Funland can not accommodate special needs groups, like Pacesetters, but he and his staff work especially hard to make it easy for everyone to enjoy the fun. It is one of very few outdoor facilities of its kind to offer wheelchair accessibility.
Not only does The Pumpkin Patch and Funland offer fun for kids and adults, it has beautiful fall decorations for the home and office. There are two different sizes of mums in a variety of colors, Indian corn, small and large colorful and unique gourds, and of course, pumpkins galore. Miniature hay bales are also a unique item for decoration.
“Moms like them for decorating, but little kids like them for playing with their trucks and tractors,” Graham said.
Interestingly, everything sold at the Pumpkin Patch is grown in White County. “We get our mums from right down the road, and we grow the gourds, corn, and pumpkins,” Graham said, although he added his first try at growing pumpkins did not turn out very well.
“I had driven a truck for 25 years,” he said. The first year I decided to grow pumpkins it was a disaster. That whole batch rotted. I think I got 2 pumpkins out of 2 or 3 thousand!”
He went on to say that the next year was obviously much more successful and each year he tries to add something new.
This year’s corn maze will feature a grand prize drawing.
“In years past, I’ve had questions in the maze about Tennessee or World history,” Graham explained. “But this year, I’m going to put 12 signs in the maze. If they get the right answer, it will send them the right way in the maze. If they get to the end with all the answers correct, I’ll put their name in a drawing. We’ll have the grand prize drawing on Oct. 31st.”
Graham invites everyone to “come out and visit.”
“You’re welcome to come out and visit anytime,” he said. “You don’t have to spend a dime.”
The Pumpkin Patch and Funland is open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – close, Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to close, Sunday, until mid-November. For more information about booking a group visit or items for sale, contact Graham at 738-5330 or 273-9950.

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