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Jonesboro First UMC lines lawn with pumpkins

Volunteers Alex and Gail Coleman take a look at the photo exhibit at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church’s 2013 Pumpkin Patch.

Volunteers Alex and Gail Coleman take a look at the photo exhibit at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church’s 2013 Pumpkin Patch.

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Above, Jonesboro First United Methodist Church’s the Rev. George Freeman, left, and his parishioners Alex and Gail Coleman took the first shift this week in the church’s annual pumpkin patch sale. Below, some 2,000 pumpkins of various shapes and sizes are available during the annual pumpkin sale at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church.

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Gail Coleman, front, the Rev. George Freeman, left, and Alex Coleman, back, are available this week taking orders for pumpkins during the annual charity pumpkin sale at Jonesboro United Methodist Church.

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Artist Dee Knight, also known as Momma Pumpkin, is available by appointment to paint custom logos and cartoon characters on pumpkins.

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The annual pumpkin sale at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church is on and will continue through Oct. 31. (Staff Photos: Johnny Jackson)

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Some 2,000 pumpkins of various shapes and sizes are available during the annual pumpkin sale at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Some 2,000 pumpkins of various shapes and sizes are available during the annual pumpkin sale at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

JONESBORO — The pumpkin patch was relatively quiet its first day of operation Monday.

Volunteers Alex and Gail Coleman still managed to sell a few pumpkins, expecting the sound of children laughing would eventually fill the voids between the rows of plump pumpkins.

The front lawn of Jonesboro First United Methodist Church is filled with some 2,000 pumpkins unloaded Saturday by volunteers. The church will be selling them through the end of the month.

The Rev. George Freeman has presided over the 168-year-old church for the past four years. He said sales from the pumpkin patch help raise as much as $14,000 each year in support of youth program activities such as its recent mission to renovate homes in Milledgeville.

Pumpkin patch organizers have planned family-friendly events throughout October, including Saturday’s Party in the Patch event from noon until 4 p.m. It will feature a bounce house, games and pumpkin painting.

Artist Dee Knight, also known as Momma Pumpkin, is available by appointment to paint custom logos and cartoon characters on pumpkins.

Freeman said naked pumpkins, ranging from the size of a closed fist to the girth of a medium-sized tire, will cost between 50 cents and $30.

The church has scheduled a Pick-n-Paint event Oct. 12, from noon until 4 p.m.

Freeman said the Pumpkin Festival is Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. He said it is the church’s largest draw and includes exhibits, food, arts and crafts, face painting, a maze, children’s story time, games, a cake walk and a moon walk.

The fall festivities will end with Movie in the Patch Oct. 26. The event, featuring “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Rise of the Guardians,” is free and open to the public.

It starts at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s front lawn and will include free popcorn and water. Attendees are asked to dress warm and bring blankets and chairs. The movies will be shown indoors in the case of bad weather.

The pumpkin patch, at 142 S. Main St., includes gourds, corn, scarecrows and painted pumpkins. It will be open daily, from noon until 9 p.m., through Oct. 31.

More about the church’s fall activities is available at www.jonesboroumc.com or call 770-478-6444.