Fun with agritourism - Hanagan’s Pumpkin Patch

Hanagan Farms Pumpkin Patch hosts a variety of school tours during October. On October 22, Kim Elementary School decided to move their tour from Thursday to Monday. The reason? It’s a twofer. In the afternoon they can see “Todd Oliver and Irving the Talking Dog” at the Ed Stafford Theatre - for free! It’s part of the Arkansas Valley Community Concert Outreach Program. The teachers leading the tour were Kandi Nittler, Tammy Schlegel, Brenda Goode, and helper Pennie Brown (and possibly others whose names might have been missed).

The Pumpkin Patch at Hanagan’s has numerous activities for the kids. On Monday morning, the kids started with the corn maze. “Some of them did get lost, but they found their way quickly,” said Goode.

The main attraction, besides the pumpkin of their very own to take home, was the haystack, which was perfect for jumping for these country kids. They jumped from tier to tier, kindergartners to fifth graders together, and some made a point of landing in the corn box, where others had made piles of corn. “You need to not smile so much, or you’ll get corn in your mouth,” said Schlegel. Actually the corn mainly got in shoes and boots. Many went barefoot in the corn pile.

A teacher commented, “They have to go to the very end of the field and come all the way back, looking at all the pumpkins on the way, to be sure they have the very best they could have chosen.” One of the boys brought money to buy a pumpkin for his little brother, which turned out to be unnecessary. His brother in preschool would get a pumpkin of his own later on.

The kids from Kim know their way around a haystack. Margaret Hanagan also gave each child an apple from Washington State. She enjoys the kids as much as they enjoy the farm activities. Hope they have as much fun at the puppet show.