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Pick the perfect pumpkin at Lutie Watkins’ patch in Llano


LLANO — The grounds of Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church recently turned a bit orange. But don’t worry, the condition only spreads a pumpkin or two at a time.

“Yeah, this is the first time I’ve actually organized one of these,” said Brock Bomkamp, the church youth director. “I did some when I was a member of the youth group, but I’ve never actually put one together. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Bomkamp is describing the church’s Pumpkin Patch.

From Oct. 16 to Oct. 31, people can pick the perfect pumpkin during the Methodist youth fundraiser. The pumpkins, of all shapes and sizes, arrived Oct. 14, and volunteers laid them out across the lawn and courtyard of the church, 800 Wright St. (just west of the courthouse square.)

“I’m really not sure how many we’ll be getting, but they told me it’s about a quarter of a semi-truck load,” Bomkamp said.

Methodist youth groups and ministries use the pumpkin patches as fundraisers for their events, trips and mission projects. It’s a signature event for many of them, but this is the first time as far as Bomkamp knows that Lutie Watkins Memorial hosted one.

“The kids are excited about doing this,” the youth director said. He said about 45-50 junior high and high school youth typically attend the teen-oriented programs.

The church pumpkin patch is open 12:30-8 p.m. each day. Bomkamp said closing time will probably reflect the changing sunsets though.

“We’re ready to start,” Bomkamp said about the pumpkin patch.

Call the church at (325) 247-4009 for more information.