The pumpkins have arrived!
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A nearly quarter-century-old tradition carried on Wednesday at a Rapid City church.
The Canyon Lake United Methodist Church received its shipment of pumpkins for the fall holiday season.
About 2,730 pumpkins arrived in a semi-trailer and were unloaded by a squad of volunteers.
The pumpkins are grown on a Navajo reservation near Shiprock, N.M. Much of the proceeds from the sale of the pumpkins benefits the people of the reservation.
The annual tradition has given the church a unique moniker. Sharon Wilson, coordinator of the church’s pumpkin patch wears the name with pride.
“People will see me on the street or in a meeting and they’ll say, ‘Oh, you’re the Pumpkin Lady’,” Wilson said. “And that’s how Canyon Lake is known as the Pumpkin Church. That’s because that’s what we do every year.”
The pumpkins go on sale Sep. 29 from noon until dusk. They will be available through Halloween.
Anyone with questions about the pumpkin patch can contact the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church at (605) 348-1080.