Hometown Farmer - Pumpkinland

    Hometown Farmer - Pumpkinland

    There's a fall tradition for a lot of people up near Orange City: a trip to Pumpkinland!

    It's open again, but things are a little different this year, because everyone there is missing grandpa Pumpkin.

    On the farm, you can still hear the sounds and see the seven acres of pumpkins.

    "There's over a hundred varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash," said Kelsey Lang. "Then there's the traditional orange and white and green and big and small and bumpy and smooth, there's all kinds of pumpkins."

    At Pumpkinland, Karli Lang says you can still find the food.

    "The cutout cookies are always a huge hit," said Karli.

    Her sister Kelsey can tell you about the fun.

    "This is really kind of infamous," said Kelsey, pointing to a special spot on the wall. "'How tall this fall?' A lot of people come here every year and measure how tall they are."

    But there's a big part of Pumpkinland that's missing this year.

    David Huitink was Grandpa Pumpkin.

    He died of a heart attack in April of this year.

    But his wife Helen, his granddaughters and the rest of the family came together to keep the farm open this year.

    "We've all felt very overwhelmed with the love and support of the community and church and Boy Scouts and neighbors and church," said Kelsey. "To make this happen this year is kind of a big deal, so yeah, it's all in honor of him."

    "In the dark times and in the hard times, we've seen God show up and working in a lot of ways," said Karli. "Just all the people that have come out the community people, the people from church, our friends and family that just really want to help."

    They're all helping make sure the 29th year won't be Pumpkinland's last.

    The 7-acre Pumpkinland corn maze is drawn in honor of Dave this year.

    Pumpkinland is just north of Orange City and it's open through October 31st.

    If you'd like to learn more, please visit: pumpkinlandiowa.com.

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