MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Jeff Kent, local resident and member of United Methodist Church, contacted Mayor Michael Cindrich and asked if it would be possible to put up a road sign called “Pumpkin Way” on the corner of Main Street and Smith Avenue, where the church's Pumpkin Patch has been for the past 13 years.
Permission was granted during the fall season, when the pumpkins are on the church’s front lawn, and on Sunday, Oct. 12, an orange “Pumpkin Way” sign was dedicated following the church’s outdoor “Blessing of the Animals” service.
Cindrich and his wife, Linda, were present, and the mayor spoke about how the Pumpkin Patch has become “part of the folklore of our Village” and is enjoyed by so many.
He thanked the church and volunteers for making this possible and thanked Kent for the wonderful idea of a “Pumpkin Way” sign.
The orange sign is now fixed just above the Smith Avenue street sign.
The Pumpkin Patch was started as both a fundraiser and a way to help residents of the area to appreciate the beauty of the autumn harvest. The pumpkins are grown by the Navajo in New Mexico and are trucked in for sale at the Pumpkin Patch in two deliveries. The first delivery this year brought 2,695 pumpkins.
Curtis Becraft, a musician, will perform at the Pumpkin Patch at the Great Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Becraft will play from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 19. The Great Pumpkin Festival features food, games for the kids, a jumping castle and music.
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