Jul 25, 2014

Pumpkins Arrive at Sewickley United Methodist Church

Church volunteers unload pumpkins for the annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser.

Travel along Broad Street in Sewickley and you'll likely discover a fall tradition is back—the Pumpkin Patch at Sewickley United Methodist Church. 

More than 50 volunteers pitched in Sunday to help unload a tractor-trailer filled with the first load of pumpkins to arrive this season. More than 800 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes were arranged on the church lawn for the 11th annual Pumpkin Patch.

Lou Ann Scott, pumpkin organizer, said the fundraiser benefits the Navajo Indians of New Mexico. The Pumpkin Patch pays for the land lease on the reservation in Farmington, N.M., along with the cost for seeds, cultivation, fertilization, labor, trucking and other necessities. The church keeps a percentage of the proceeds based on what it sells.  

"It's also a big fundraiser for our church," Scott said.

The Pumpkin Patch is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or dusk Monday to Friday, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and after church on Sundays. Pumpkins and gourds will be available starting today through Oct. 31. If a volunteer is unavailable, stop by the church office.   

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