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Short pumpkin season has strong economic impact

WICHITA, Kansas -- Halloween is just around the corner marking what some call the end of pumpkin season for harvesters.

It's a short season that has a strong economic impact.
 
It's a tradition across the country.
 
Millions pile into patches, hoping to pick the perfect pumpkin for the fall.
 
"We've always had a tradition of picking a pumpkin, getting the pumpkin, getting the seeds, baking the seeds," says Will King.  "Just being able to come out, play around, and do something different because again, it happens once a year. it's just a fun time."
 
For other families the tradition is a bit different.
 
'Wwe plant them, we fertilize them, we water them, we plow the fields and we're not, we don't have all the nice fancy equipment so me planting means i'm sitting behind a plow on a little seat popping them in the ground," says Renee Berggren
 
While the season is short, only 5 to 6 weeks, compared to the months of preparation from planting the seeds to harvesting the actual pumpkins, the response itself is incredible.
 
At 7 dollars to visit plus pumpkin costs, fifty cents a pound, the economic value isn't too shabby for the business plan.
 
While Berggren says the financial benefit isn't enough to necessarily quit her day job, it certainly helps out.
 
"It does well, I mean, I'd like to say that I can retire on it, but I don't think that's going to happen," she laughs.  "Even though the monetary part of it is nice, you know, it's great to come out there and see people, families have fun."
 
Traditionally many pumpkin patches open the final week of September and stay open until Halloween, so if you're still looking for one, it's not too late.
 

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