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Families Already Taking Advantage of Lynchburg Pumpkin Patches

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Lynchburg, VA- Lenaya Smith and her family have owned Smith's Pumpkin Patch for 19 years. She says pumpkins had a late growing season due to the cold spring,  but that hasn't slowed business at the pumpkin patch.

The pumpkins are harvested from September to the end of November, and a new shipment is brought in each week.

One of the patch's biggest attractions is the play area. Smith says during weekends and afterschool hours the place is packed.

"It's just the epitome of family fun, you know, you just come and there's places to sit, the people are great and kind, " said Ashlee Harms, who brings her children to play at the pumpkin patch.

The pumpkin patch is not the only place people are picking pumpkins. Wal-Mart also gets a shipment a week from a farm in Riner, Virginia.

Some folks can't wait for Halloween. Morgan Campbell and Corey Alkire decided to celebrate their daughter's first Halloween with a photoshoot.

They said they actually put their daughter inside the pumpkin for a picture.

But not everyone is like them. Most people wait until right before Halloween to pick their pumpkin.

According to Smith, their busiest day for picking pumpkins is the day before Halloween. 

If you are wanting to get a pumpkin just for carving, you are smart to wait. Once you carve a pumpkin, the rotting process begins, and your pumpkin will have about four days until it goes bad.

If you want to join in on the pumpkin fun, here is a list of some pumpkin patches in the area.

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