OXFORD, Ind. (WLFI) - The temperatures are cooling down, the leaves are starting tochange color, and Saturdays are dedicated to Boilermaker football.Autumn is upon us, and Benton County's Millennium Farms PumpkinPatch is open for its 7th season.
Owner Chris Schakel said what started as one acre of pumpkinsexpanded each year.
"It all started when my wife wanted to raise a few pumpkins. Wejust had about an acre of them. We sold out of the garage and thenjust every year she's kept adding more and more and now it's grown.We have a little over 12 acres this year," Schakel said.
The farm now offers more than just pumpkins.
"We have pony rides, a straw maze, and then we have the pumpkinhayrides where you can go out and pick your own pumpkin in additionto having the pumpkins that are pre-picked as well as flowers anddecorations," Schakel said.
Schakel said people that come back year after year can't believehow much the farm has changed.
"We've had several families that come back every year and youget to see the kids grow up and they can kind of tell you, "Well,our first year, you just had them in the garage," and they'rereally amazed at how much it's grown over time.
Schakel has been watching people pick their perfect pumpkins foryears, but he says there's no science to the selection process.
"Some people like the really tall, skinny ones. Some people comeout just to find the ugliest pumpkin they can and others just wantthe perfect round one," Schakel said.
Kristi Lindquist brought her family to pick their own pumpkinsand said she liked having something to do with her family that wasaffordable.
"It's nice to do a friendly thing that's not expensive and havefun doing it," Lindquist said.
"We've tried to keep our prices down to where it's stillrealistic for families to come out and have a good time all daylong," Schakel said.
Millennium Farms is open on Saturdays and Sundays until November1st. Visitors can come between 9a.m. and dusk.
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