Volunteers and Pumpkin Patch Ribbon CuttingPublished: October 06, 2012
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Area student volunteers help unload pumpkins for local Pumpkin Patch fundraiser
Sixty-four local students representing the National Honor Society, the Senior Classes, Interact, PAL, National Junior Honor Society, Key Club and AVID organizations joined other volunteers to unload and display carving and specialty pumpkins, assorted gourds, and Indian corn in preparation for the opening of Rockwall’s Original Pumpkin Patch. The students gathered after school to help Pumpkin Patch workers complete miscellaneous tasks for the setup. When the two large trucks arrived, Dean Cuzick was ready with a forklift to get the large bins to the staging areas.
Rockwall’s Original Pumpkin Patch Opens with Ribbon Cutting - September 29, 2012
Cloudy skies and intermittent rain did not stop an annual tradition from taking place on schedule as Rockwall’s Original Pumpkin Patch opened the 24th year with a 9:00 a.m. ribbon cutting followed by refreshments.
Pamela Whitaker served as mistress of ceremonies and received a Proclamation from Rockwall Mayor David Sweet. Sweet introduced the other elected city and officials.
Members of Danny Barentine’s Boy Scout Troop #83 performed the flag ceremony and led the Pledge of Allegiance, and officers of the Rockwall HS Stingerettes entertained with a routine.
Continuing another long-held tradition. U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall purchased the first pumpkin. He presented a flag to Pumpkin Patch volunteer and community stalwart Mary Hanrahan on the 10th anniversary of her becoming a U.S. citizen.
Kathleen Melston, president of Friends of the Rockwall County Library, and Grace Jackson, president of the Council of Catholic Women, cut the ribbon officially opening the event.
Rain did not stop determined shoppers Beverly Stibbens and grandson Aidan Murrey as they find the perfect pumpkin.
Pumpkin Patch continues through Oct. 27 and will be open from at from 9 am to 7 pm daily; located at the Ridge Road Shopping Center, 1201 Ridge Road, near Brookshire’s Supermarket.
A wide variety of fall decorating items is available. Pumpkins of all varieties, gourds, squashes, straw bales, cornstalks, and delicious deli items made by members of the sponsoring groups are available for purchase.
For more information about the exciting lineup of children’s activities visit the website: www.rockwallpumpkinpatch.com. Rockwall’s Original Pumpkin Patch is a nonprofit all-volunteer community effort and benefits the Rockwall County Library and Council of Catholic Women or Our Lady of the Lake.
(Top Photo) - RHS Stingerettes Julie Dickerson, Katelyn Barton, Mikayla Burns, Savannah Miller and Elisha White join Rockwall Mayor David Sweet (L) and Congressman Ralph Hall (R) for a Patch photo op.
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