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Pumpkin-Picking Time!

Local church selling pumpkins until Nov. 5

It was a misty, foggy Wednesday afternoon, but that didn’t stop 7-year-old Aderes Brantley from picking his pumpkin at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church.

Among the thousands of pumpkins on display, Brantley spotted a rather large, orange pumpkin. His eyes grew wide as he ran to it.

“I am going to draw a [scary] face and put stickers on it ... I like picking pumpkins,” he said.

His mother, Deborah Brantley, of Hampton, said it has become a family tradition to pick a pumpkin in October at the church. She said this annual practice began three years ago, when her son attended the pre-school program at the Methodist church. After his pre-school classes, Deborah Brantley said, she would take her son to the pumpkin sale.

“We do it every year before Halloween,” she said.

Jonesboro First United Methodist will be offering its “Pumpkin Sale” until Nov. 5, said Laura Davis, a volunteer at the church. She said the sale is open daily, from 9 a.m., to 9 p.m., on the lawn area of the church, located at 142 South Main St., in Jonesboro.

She said the annual pumpkin sale began about four years ago.

Davis said she enjoys watching loyal customers come back, year after year, for a family experience.

“I like meeting the people, especially ... the repeat customers,” she said.

Davis added that there are pumpkins of different colors, sizes and shapes –– all looking for a home. Fall decor items, such as scarecrows and gourds, are also being sold.

Prices, she said, range from 50 cents, to $18.

For more information about the sale, contact the Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, at (770) 478-6444.