A fall field trip for all of Concordia’s kindergartners today meant having the run of the Motherhouse Pumpkin Patch.
The 90 or so kids, divided into two “sessions,” delighted in the corn box, hay slide and other games — and everyone got a hay ride around the Motherhouse grounds, thanks to tractor driver Lyle Pounds. The hay ride included a scavenger hunt to spot Halloween items placed around the grounds.
In addition, each child got to select a pumpkin to take home.
In between the morning and afternoon adventures in the Pumpkin Patch, all five kindergarten classes gathered at City Park for lunch.
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The event was organized by Holly Brown, Development Director for the Sisters of St. Joseph, in conjunction with the Concordia Elementary School.
The Motherhouse Pumpkin Patch will be open to the public one more time this year — on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, from 1 to 5 p.m.
The entrance is the new east gate (between the Motherhouse and the Concordia Community Garden), and admission is $3 per person, with kids 2 and younger free.
In addition to all the games and the hay ride, there will also be a small concession stand with treats available.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph and their ministries.
Special thanks go to those who donated items to make the event possible: Country Home Berries (Larry and Teresa Brundridge), Walmart of Concordia and Depot Market (Dan and Kathy Kuhn) donated pumpkins, Bill and Sondra Ramsey and Dennis and Rosemary Burt donated hay bales, and Cloud County Co-Op donated corn stalks.