For the past two decades, the Brooksville Pumpkin Patch has provided quality, seasonal family entertainment for the Hernando County community. With that being said, the 20th Annual Brooksville Pumpkin Patch event will continue on Friday Oct. 7th, 14th, and 28th from 5 pm till 9 pm; Saturday Oct. 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 10 am till 4 pm; and on Sunday Oct. 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from noon till 4 pm, located at 475 North Ave West, Brooksville, at Christ Lutheran Church. The Fall events launched with an Oct. 1st Costume Contest and will culminate on Oct. 30th at 1 pm with an ever popular Trunk or Treat event. “This is our 20th anniversary!” said event organizer Jessica Longoria.
Throughout the month of October, the Pumpkin Patch will provide a plethora of family friendly activities. “This is safe, fun entertainment for the whole family, that doesn’t cost a lot,” said Longoria. Event highlights will include 76 vendors (15 Foodie vendors, 55 local Crafter vendors and 6 entertainment vendors), food, pony rides, Princess meet and greets, a petting zoo, hay rides, inflatables, community non-profits, activities, fun, and of course, pumpkins! Live music will be performed by country musician Kris Pierce on Oct 29th and 30th. “We’ll see everything from monster trucks to food vendor trucks,” said Longoria. “And we’ll have crafts.”
Nonprofit organizations promise to play a major role in the Pumpkin Patch. “We’ll have a raffle that benefits Southeastern Guide Dogs,” said Longoria. “Some of the other organizations represented will be the Newfoundland reserve and rescue, Nickels for Nipples (to fund restorative surgery for breast cancer survivors), and Greenhouse on the Main, who will offer crafts for kids.”
Christ Lutheran Church’s own charity programs will be showcased as well, including God’s Clothes Closet and free breakfasts and dinners offered regularly. And of course, it simply would not be a Brooksville Pumpkin Patch event without pumpkins. “We have more than 6,000 pumpkins in the patch,” said Longoria. “Their sizes range from a baseball shape to some big pumpkins.” For more information about the Brooksville Pumpkin Patch, visit https://www.facebook.com/brooksvillepumpkinpatch.