By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
There aren’t any pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch Farms pumpkin patch, but there are lights. A lot of lights.
Pumpkin Patch Farms in Blue Mountain has been hosting fall-themed events every October for 16 years, but this year, owners Clay and Sharon Meeks decided to celebrate Christmas, pumpkin patch style.
“Our kids sat us down and convinced us to do Christmas,” Sharon said.
The pumpkin patch closed after Halloween, so the next day, the family started tearing down the fall decorations to make way for big light displays – many of them animated – along with lots of Santas and Christmas trees. The family’s 45-acre lot is covered in more lights than they can count.
A visit to the Pumpkin Patch Farms Christmas includes wagon, train and pony rides, reindeer flight school, bonfires and a visit to Santa’s Workshop.
The wagon rides will take folks through the family’s pumpkin and strawberry patches that are now full of huge light displays that include nativity scenes, bouncing gingerbread men and, of course, Santa. Some of the displays are 30 feet tall.
The train ride will also have its own light show.
Also on the property is Daisy Mae’s Bakery and Country Store, which will sell homemade breads, caramel apples, kettle corn, hot chocolate, cookies, jams, jellies and more.
The Meeks learned how to make homemade caramel apples and kettle corn from some of the best in the business.
“You don’t open up the packs of caramel and throw it in. This is homemade caramel, and they’re hand-dipped,” Sharon said.
The kettle corn is made on site, so folks can see how it’s made.
As the family puts the finishing touches on their barns, wagons and trees, excitement is growing for their first-ever holiday event.
“We wanted something unique for Christmas. We didn’t want the same things at the (fall) pumpkin patch,” she said. “We just love having people out here.”
• A Pumpkin Patch Christmas
What: Light displays, reindeer flight school, bonfire and train, wagon and pony rides
When: 6-10 p.m. Dec. 7-25, closed Christmas Eve
Where: 2390 County Road 805, Blue Mountain
Cost: $8/person, which includes all activities. Wagon rides are $2 extra on Saturdays.
Info: (662) 685-4328