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Our Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser…

October 18, 2011

Our elementary school runs a fabulous fundraiser called Pumpkin Patch.

This has evolved over the years into a major PTA effort and yields in the neighborhood of $35,000 profit for the school.

Yes, really.  In one 5-hour Saturday.

This year I was in charge of Big Kids Games out on the blacktop – a collection of 12 or so games intended to appeal to the older crowd.  Little Kids Games are in the gym.

This is Pumpkin Pop, a board with balloons that are popped with a real dart.

Pumpkin Football was a real hit.  As you guessed, you need to put the football through the hole.

This was the biggest hit: Pumpkin Pitch.  A radar gun tracks the speed of baseballs thrown against this backstop.  One 15-year-old boy spent more than 20 minutes at this game alone.


In addition to the game areas, there are bouncy slides, a Running Scared Obstacle Course through the playground, a giant Hay Maze, a Haunted House, Little Tykes Village, and of course:

A bake sale, that sold out in 2 hours flat.

I just love the fall (especially when the weather cooperates)!  What types of activities do you do in your community?



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  1. Sarah

      on October 18, 2011 7:58 am

    Wow! That is an incredible amount of money your school raises. Do you charge per event or just an entry fee? How does it work?


  2. Heidi Farmer

      on October 18, 2011 8:06 am

    Each game requires a ticket or two, and tickets are $1 each; there is no entry fee. That 15-year-old boy probably had no idea he just spent $20-30 because to him, it was just tickets. There’s also a huge community raffle, t-shirt sales, donations for key advertising spots, the bake sale, the food (both american and asian) – it’s a well-oiled volunteer machine! I really shouldn’t say it was just a 5-hour event because it requires countless volunteer hours to produce. But it is a great event for the community, and obviously, for our school.


  3. Cheryl

      on October 18, 2011 8:43 am

    I bet you didn’t know that in the last picture you took was of the new neighbors on your street :)


  4. Heidi Farmer

      on October 18, 2011 9:36 am

    Oh my gosh! No I didn’t! You’ll have to fill me in…


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