St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in downtown Kilgore started their pumpkin patch over two decades ago, likely with little thought of how much a part of October it would become.

The patch, which allows kids to have pictures made with the sets and purchase a pumpkin of about any size imaginable, opens Oct. 1, where folks come out and help unload the pumpkins, and stays open the entire month, every day until 6 p.m. Oct. 31. This is the 22nd year for the patch.

The church is located at 401 East Main, Kilgore, and the patch is right alongside the Main Street side of the church.

It’ll be a busy Saturday there next weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 24. They’re having a pumpkin carving contest and pumpkin glow that night, but that morning, they’ll host their third annual 5K pumpkin run/walk, and they’re also doing a virtual run/ walk this year.

Entry fee to do either is $25, but it goes up after this Sunday. The race will start at 8 a.m. in front of the pumpkin patch and follow a relatively flat course through downtown Kilgore before finishing back at the church, the website notes. Packet pickup starts at 7:30 a.m. before the race, and proceeds will be used by the church’s youth group to engage in mission activities.

As for the pumpkin carving contest and pumpkin glow, that’ll be next Saturday night at 6. Obviously, don’t bring your own pumpkin; that’s taken care of, and there will be pumpkins on sale at a discounted price, and carving tools for use in the contest.

All proceeds from the pumpkin patch support local and church mission projects.

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