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Woodbine Pumpkin Patch Receives Help


ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA -- This summer's drought is affecting a wide range of crops across Oklahoma. One of the hardest hit crops was pumpkins. That caused a popular Ardmore pumpkin patch to call in some help.

Fall is certainly here.

And you can tell by the annual craze for everything to do with pumpkins.

Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, and of course...pumpkin patches.

"The fun part's really watching the kids more than anything," said William G. Ellis, owner of Woodbine Farm. "We try and keep it geared for the little ones."

The Ellis family has been running the pumpkin patch at Woodbine Farms just outside of Ardmore for eight years now.

And the family says while they still produce pumpkins of their own, this year they received a semi truck load of the crop from other areas not affected by the drought.

Ellis says not having enough pumpkins was not an option.

"We get a few pumpkins but because of the weather, we have sources that we can bring 'em in," said Ellis. "Because, there's nothing more flustering I would think for a little ones, think they're going to the pumpkin patch and then you didn't have them here...it wouldn't be a good deal."

Ariel Rickets who has been coming to Woodbine for five years to pick pumpkins with her two sons agrees.

"It would be sad," said Rickets. "We would be disappointed and I guess we would just have to get some from the grocery store if they had them imported or something."

"They really enjoy getting to pick their own pumpkins," said Rickets.

But despite the summer drought, the pumpkin patch is in full swing.

A place where both young and old can escape for a while.

"Almost everyone out here, for a little while can escape while they're here," said Noah Snyder, a neighbor who drives the tractor for hay rides. "And it's a great moment for them."

Snyder says while he works for the patch during the month of October, it rejuvenates his spirit.

"It is a refreshing month of my life," said Snyder. "And for somewhat of a selective hermit, it boosts me, it really does. Gives a person hope."

What better cause to pick up a pumpkin.

Ellis says pumpkins were brought in from west Texas and New Mexico to help with this year's crop.

If you want to visit the Woodbine Farms pumpkin patch, it is open Tuesday through Sunday until October 30.

For more information you can go to their website http://www.woodbinefarms.net/