Find the Great Pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch
By Kirsten Stalnaker
The name says it all! The Pumpkin Patch, located on 518 Goodrich road in Centralia, is open now until November 1. Ran by Tim and Linda Crockett, it is jam-packed with all sorts of things to do but first, let's talk about the pumpkins. They are huge. If you are looking for big ol' pumpkins this is the place to find them. Right at the front and nicely set out in the field for your convenience.
They also have another patch towards the back full of lightweight, and easy to carry pumpkins for the school kids when they come. Throughout the week, the various schools in Centralia and Fords Prairie bring in busloads of excited kids and let them run amok (but always under supervision). There are hayrides, tractor train rides, a hay pit to roll around in (much like a ball pit but its hay), tricycles for the little ones to ride around the patch in, a swing set, goats and chickens to look at, and more. Of course, you don't have to be a citizen of Centralia to experience the fun. All kids are welcome as are the adults.
You will find a large variety of edible and ornamental squash that Tim and Linda grow along with the pumpkins on their 25 acres of farmland. There is also a cannon that shoots out pie pumpkins into a field which I am sure is satisfying to watch. If you are a fan of old machinery there is a large tractor collection to be found spread out around the pumpkin patch. And there is a corn maze which is actually a corn "trail" as Tim puts it. Good news for those of you who don't want to spend all day wandering around amongst the corn stalks.