Papa Has “Extras” Planned for Last Week

Thank goodness things warmed up for the final week that Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is open. (Our last day is Saturday, Oct. 20.) To celebrate, we’ll have enough volunteers available to open all of our extra activities on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12-6 pm! That means you can enjoy all of the free activities PLUS…

Good Housekeeping Picks Papa’s!

We continue to be amazed and humbled. Good Housekeeping has named Papa’s Pumpkin Patch as part of its ranking of “The Best Pumpkin Patch in Every State.” There’s no question our visitors and volunteers drive us to create a special place for family memories and support of community organizations. Thank you. This accolade is as…

The Good and Not-So-Good News

Papa’s pumpkin season is winding down, and that means we have good and not-so-good news. First the good news, and it’s pretty darn good: Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is open Sunday, Oct. 16 from 12-7 pm and we’re excited to see you. All of our extra activities will be open, and we’ll have 100+ volunteers ready…

An Amazing Tribute to Mrs. P

Papa and the family have no words to express the gratitude we feel in our hearts for the Bismarck-Mandan Retired Teachers Association. They were one of our first volunteer groups three decades ago to help with the many field trips that bring children to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch each fall. Today, they are honoring Mrs. P…

Papa Loves United Way Day of Caring!

It’s the hottest day in 2015 and Papa welcomed dozens of volunteers for the United Way Day of Caring. A M A Z I N G. That’s all the family knows to say about the effort, the sweat and the joy these volunteers brought to the work they accomplished all across Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. We…

Papa’s 2015 opening is 98 sleeps away!

Kids are great at marking time by how many more “sleeps” they will have until a special day, and Papa is taking their lead. In case you are counting, there are 98 more sleeps until Papa’s Pumpkin Patch opens for the 2015 season! The 2015 season will be Sunday, Sept. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 24,…

More Play Than Pumpkins at Papa’s

It’s been an amazing season at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. We’ve experienced record crowds and brought more pumpkins into the yards than ever before. Papa spent the last week looking for more pumpkins, even into South Dakota and Minnesota. You know what? The two trailers and about 1,000 pumpkins we brought into the yards on Thursday…

There’s a Few Extras at Papa’s on Thursday, Oct. 16

Thanks to several of our volunteers and partners, Papa is able to have a few extra activities open on Thursday, Oct. 16 for guests to enjoy. On most weekdays, guests can count on close to 20 different free activities like the nature trail, log jam, super sand box, corn crib, Papa’sville, obstacle courses, slack lines,…

Getting Ready to Welcome You!

Sunday, Sept. 14 is right around the corner, so Papa and the family are busy getting ready to welcome you! 2014 marks our 32nd year as Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, and we are amazed at how excited everyone is about the season. Already, we have dozens of birthday parties scheduled; over 1,500 school  and day care…

Three Weeks and the Field Trips Begin!

There was a hint of fall in the air this morning, and Papa couldn’t help but think: three weeks from today — on Monday, Sept. 15 — we begin welcoming our first field trips of students and day care children for the 2014 season. Already, there are 25 groups scheduled from as far away as…

Thank You Will Have To Do

There is a wonderful saying that expresses our feelings best this evening after being one of the host sites for the Missouri Slope United Day of Caring. It goes like this: “Until we reside in a place where gratitude is better expressed, THANK YOU will have to do.” Today, 74 volunteers from the Bismarck-Mandan area…

The Countdown Begins: 35 Days Until Papa’s Opens!

Give Papa a few cooler mornings and evenings, and he starts to feel Fall, think Fall and get excited for Papa’s Pumpkin Patch! Just think: 35 days — 5 weeks from today — at noon — Papa’s will be open for the 2014 season. We’ve been visiting with our growers, and all of the crops…