Crowds hit the pumpkin patches before rain arrives

Last chance pumpkin dash before storms

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A sunny Wednesday in October brought crowds to the pumpkin patches of Sauvie Island.

Lots of moms and dads wanted to avoid the drenching rain approaching from the coast.

The farms will remain open but the number of visitors will fall, says Joe Kellog, spokesman for The Pumpkin Patch.

“It'll slow it down a little bit when we get a little bit of rain. But people still want to come get their pumpkins so I'm always surprised at how much Oregonians don’t mind the rain. I hope they mind the mud a little bit and bring their rain coats and their rain boots and all that stuff,” he said.

A trip to the pumpkin field is a journey back in time for many, including Caitlin McKenzie, who was looking for the right one with her boyfriend Stan.

“I'd say for us it just definitely brings back childhood memories. I mean we're both born and raised in Oregon so we've definitely taken advantage of it our entire lives,” she said.

Japneel Cruz is a young mom who is searching the pumpkin field with her two year old son. She made it a priority Wednesday to beat Thursday’s rain.

“Yes. Had to get it over with. Plus it’s getting closer to the end of the month,” she said.

At the Bella Organic Farm nearby, Denise Lawrence helped her grandson Will find the right pumpkin. She knows what she’s after.

“Some character. Nice round one with some imperfections so we can carve it--with a nice stem," she said.

Will may not know it but his grandmother never got to explore pumpkin patches like the ones on Sauvie Island when she was a child. She grew up on a farm where the family grew their own.

Now she’s making it a point to spend the time here with Will and his preschool.

“Memories, that's what it’s all about. Making memories,” she said.


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