By Sarah Moore
Greenville’s largest charity pumpkin patch will begin its 2017 season on Saturday, October 7, bringing fall fun to local families and needed funds to local nonprofits.
The Holy Cross Pumpkin Patch is an outreach ministry of Holy Cross Episcopal Church that began as a fundraiser to support a Habitat for Humanity build. The patch has grown to provide funding for additional nonprofits and ministry partners across the Upstate, and is now in its 11th year. The patch has raised $213,000 throughout its history, and has donated 100% of those profits to local charities.
The beneficiaries of the 2017 season proceeds include Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Fountain Inn Kids Enrichment, Holy Cross Academy Scholarship Fund, James Monroe Mission House, Little Steps, Safe Harbor, Upstate Warrior Solution, Greenville Literacy Association, Golden Strip Emergency Relief , and the Greenville Free Medical Clinic.
Over five hundred volunteers, including church volunteers and volunteers from local ministry partners, will unload nearly 8,000 large pumpkins to this year’s patch over the course of the season, as well as smaller pumpkins, corn stalks, and gourds. Families can also enjoy wagon rides for children and a fall-themed photo booth. Over 10,000 people are expected to visit the patch during the month of October.
“We are proud that our patch has grown to benefit multiple ministry partners in each season,” said Randy Cockrill, patch director. “Our selection and variety of products is unmatched in the area, and we look forward to serving our community again in 2017.”
Individual sales make up the majority of patch sales, but Holy Cross can also accommodate bulk orders. Holy Cross has been ranked as one of the top 10 pumpkin patches in sales by volume by the patch’s supplier, Pumpkins USA.
The patch will again be located at 109 W. Trade Street in front of Vaughn’s Country Store. Hours of the patch will be Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. The patch will remain open through Halloween or until all the pumpkins are sold. The patch accepts cash, checks, and major credit cards.