Got Pumpkins?

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Fall is just around the corner, and what better way to start off the season than with some pumpkins?  ADHD Pumpkin Patch and Farms is located on State Route 109 just north of the New Cleveland Church.  They have more than just pumpkins though.  There are gourds, Indian corn, giant pumpkins, pie pumpkins, and much more.  You will be greeted by the smiling faces of Andrew and Helen Dubose, and they can answer any questions you have.  If they are not home, they have a drop box on the side of their house. Just place the money in there, and you are good to go!

Why do we carve pumpkins? According to history.com, the idea of Jack-O-Lanterns came from a story about a man named “Stingy Jack” in Ireland.  Apparently, Jack and the Devil were going to have a drink together.  But, Jack did not want to pay for it, so he convinced the devil to turn himself into a coin to pay for the drinks.  Jack then put him into his pocket next to a cross so he could not change back.  Jack eventually set the devil free under one condition, he could not bother him for a year.  Well, the next year the devil returned and Jack again tricked the devil.  He convinced him to climb a tree.  Jack then carved a cross on the tree so he could not get down until he promised not to bother him for a while.  As the story goes, Jack eventually dies, and God will not let him in into heaven. He was sent to wander the earth with nothing but coal and a carved turnip.  The village people refer to him as “Jack of the Lantern” or more commonly known as  “Jack O’ Lantern.”

The Irish began to make their own versions of Jack’s lantern with carved pumpkins, turnips, and potatoes in their windows.  They brought this tradition to America, and it has stuck.  So, if you want to carry on this tradition….. Go pick up a pumpkin from Andy and Helen, take it home and carve, paint or just set it out for decoration!

By: Stevie Brooks

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