Thanks to the volunteers at the Wilshire Rotary, the Pumpkin Patch, another beloved neighborhood tradition, is back in full swing, though a bit modified in light of the continuing pandemic. For example, there won’t be a bounce house for kids this year, but there is a fun hay bale maze and scavenger hunt. There’s also lots of hand sanitizer, and more than 27,000 pounds of pumpkins! Organizers told the Buzz they even ordered more pumpkins, so they don’t run out before Halloween.
“This year, I ordered an additional 10,000 pounds of pumpkins,” Wendy Clifford told us when were stopped by on Thursday while they were unloading. “We ran out last year because I wasn’t certain how many people would want to participate given the pandemic. But the pumpkin patch turned out to be very popular!”
Clifford told the Buzz she also made a special effort to bring in yellow, white and other specialty pumpkins that are always popular with the neighborhood. The array of colors is stunning. Shop early to make sure you get your favorite pumpkins.
The patch will be open weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The patch will be open until all the pumpkins are sold out. Proceeds from the patch support the literacy, scholarship and community service projects of the Wilshire Rotary.