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Pumpkin Patch ushers in fall
Richmond Hill Garden Club president and Pumpkin Lady Debby Paduszynski passes out candy Saturday at the Pumpkin Patch at J.F. Gregory Park. - photo by Photo by Katie McGurl
A breezy and refreshingly cool morning set the scene Saturday for Richmond Hill Garden Club’s 11th annual Pumpkin Patch.
Families combed the pavilion at J.F. Gregory Park for the perfect pumpkin, colorful mums, handmade crafts and other fall décor.
Children reveled in games like the jack-o-lantern bean bag toss and fishing pond. A face-painting booth and balloon animal artist added to the fun.
The Pumpkin Lady, official greeter of the event, walked around in her bulbous pumpkin costume and festive makeup, handing out candy and posing for pictures with children.
“We do this (Pumpkin Patch) because it’s fun for the kids, so we have a good time,” said Debby Paduszynski, garden club president and Pumpkin Lady.
Garden club members and neighbors in the community contributed to the event. Local baker Terry Molinari provided homemade cookies.
For sale this year for the first time were dozens of fall wreaths created by members of the garden club. The wreaths were a hit, and were sold out minutes before the end of the event.
Organizers considered this year’s Pumpkin Patch to be a success.
“We had a tremendous turnout,” said Pumpkin Patch coordinator Jan Davis.
Of the 600 pumpkins ordered for the event, roughly 30 were left at the end of the day.
All of the 100 potted mums were sold.
“We were very pleased with the outcome … we’ve done very well,” added Paduszynski.
Final sales figures are currently being tallied. All Pumpkin Patch proceeds will go toward local beautification projects, as well as a scholarship fund for a Richmond Hill High School student planning to pursue a degree related to horticulture.
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