September 21, 2023
Annapolis, US 70 F

The Pumpkins Are Here, The Pumpkins Are Here

Gabrielle King age 4 and her sister Sophia, age 2

The annual Annapolis Pumpkin Patch will be held October 15-31 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Attracting hundreds of local families and school groups, the event features pumpkins available every day, plus entertainment and refreshments on the weekends.

This year is the 10th year for the Annapolis tradition and the event will have more activities and entertainment than ever before. For the first time, the Pumpkin Patch will feature a pumpkin decorating contest. Contestants will select a pumpkin from the thousands available at the Pumpkin Patch, take it home, decorate it, and bring it back to the Pumpkin Patch by 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 to enter it in the competition. Categories will include “scariest”, “funniest”, “most unique” and more. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded on Saturday, October 29 at 1 p.m.

Each weekend, the Pumpkin Patch will feature live entertainment from a variety of area musicians, including youth bands and rock, jazz and funk bands. The opening day, Saturday, October 15, will be a fall celebration featuring children’s activities, live music from local bands, and refreshments.

The event is staffed entirely of volunteers, including representatives from local churches, Light House staff and residents, and the Friends of the Light House Shelter, a non-profit group dedicated to raising operational funds for the Light House.

Julie Villareal Age 2, Edgewater

All proceeds benefit the Light House, a homeless prevention and support center, which opened a new facility in October 2010. The new facility has several times the capacity of the previous one and offers many more services for the safety and well-being of local residents who have no place of their own to reside.

Admission and entertainment is free, and pumpkins are priced according to size. Donations from our Pumpkin Patch sponsors allow 100% of profits to go directly to serving the Light House residents.

Sponsors include: St. Martins Lutheran Church of Annapolis; Absolute Party Rental and Supply, Inc.; Dr. Borek Hlousek or Oral Surgery Specialists; Philbin & Reinheimer Orthodontics; Vernon Pediatric Dentistry.

Just recently, the 3-4 year old class from Alepha Bet Jewish Day School in Annapolis visited the pumpkin patch. Each child was invited to pick out a pumpkin to paint or decorate with stickers and have their face painted.

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