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Local Pumpkin Patch Opens This Saturday

The Lake Ridge Nursery will open its annual Pumpkin Patch to visitors on Sept. 24.

Children should contain their excitement for just a bit longer as drizzly and generally uncooperative weather has forced Lake Ridge Nursery owner Susan Gray to postpone the opening of her Pumpkin Patch to Sept. 24. 

The patch will offer eight inflatable games, a zip line, a rope swing, and a giant slide, as well as toddler-appropriate structures such as a fire truck, a teepee, a train car, and a pirate ship.  A new 40-foot obstacle course will be unveiled on opening day.

While children of all ages play, adults may select a variety of pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, and fresh apples grown in Winchester.  Concession food and drinks will also be available for purchase. 

The Pumpkin Patch has welcomed visitors at its 3705 Old Bridge Road address for the past 20 years.  Gray said she started her business with only “three bales of hay and a cash box in the trunk of a Mustang.” 

She soon noticed that children loved to play around the pumpkins and hay so she decided to accommodate their needs by creating more opportunities for recreation at the nursery. 

Since that first fall, Gray’s enterprise has expanded every year with the addition of inflatable jumpers, bounce houses, and slides.

Although Gray said there is a pumpkin shortage in the area due to uncommonly high humidity and the spread of mold after the recent tropical storm, she is confident the nursery’s stock and prices will not be affected.

The Pumpkin Patch will be open every day until Halloween from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Admission price for children is $12 from Monday to Thursday and $15 from Friday to Sunday (and Columbus Day).  For more information, please call 703-590-0178 or visit the nursery’s website.

Stephanie Dupal-Demartin September 24, 2011 at 01:39 AM
If you plan on visiting the Pumpkin Patch this weekend and it's raining, please call the nursery beforehand as the opening may be postponed again for safety reasons.
Katelyn Smith October 27, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I am very disappointed with the Lake Ridge nursery pumpkin patch as the cost continues to rise each year and the same small moonbounces & limited activities remain in place. I hesitantly took my kids because it is conveniently located near our home, but it is definitely not worth the price and I will not take my kids there again in the future. There is only one activity there that my kids love and that is the "potty" ride, but it wasn't even available when I took them on the weekday. I feel like that should have been available as I paid $24 for admission for my 2 young kids. There was a dangerous seesaw that both my kids got hurt on. And a dog was roaming around so my son stepped in dog poop! If you are looking for something local in Lake Ridge, I highly recommend checking out the pumpkin patch located off Minnieville Rd. right next to Telegraph Rd. They have a much cheaper and bigger moonbounce, hayride, and train ride. They also have a big pit filled with dry corn that my kids loved playing in! The owners are very friendly as well!

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