The festive and friendly farm atmosphere of Cedarwood Pumpkin Patch allows all ages to fall in love with the autumn attraction which has brought smiles, laughs and adventures galore to the Centertown nursery for the past 19 years.
“I like being around the people and watching the children have fun,” said owner Buddy Patterson.
Students from several schools around the region hit the pumpkin patch last Friday to play on the jump pads, hamster wheels, super slides, pedal track, corn crib and take the signature hayride.
“My favorite part was the jumping pad,” said Hickory Creek Elementary student Harper Patrick, 9.
“Jumping was my favorite part, too!” added fellow Hickory Creek student Maelee Turner, 8. “We could go really high!”
The hay and corn mazes test navigation skills for those who dare to accept the challenge. A petting zoo holds a miniature pony, piglets, sheep, rabbits, goats and a calf. A cup of food can be purchased for the animals to feed them.
“I really like the little piggies,” says Shayde Nunley, 4.
A fun boat, jet skis and sandy beach attraction creates a unique oasis considering the vast farmland that surrounds it. A tree house and tire city sit in areas across the farm. Everything is hands-on and available for climbing and exploring.
The hayride provides an even wider range for exploring while riding on a country hay wagon throughout the grounds into the pumpkin patch where patrons can choose their own perfectly sized, shaped and colored pumpkin out of the vast field making it just as unique as the picker.
“When I do get time to drive the wagon for the hayride, I love to watch the children excitedly jump out and pick their pumpkins,” said Patterson, co-owner of Cedarwood Nursery and Pumpkin Patch, who shares the nursery with his wife, Jana.
Caleb Walker, 5, said the pumpkin-picking was his favorite part.
Connecting to country roots, antique houses provide a look into the past. A country kitchen serves Southern cooking and sweets. A catfish pond lets fishermen of every age relax and cast a line into the water, and wooden barns, outhouses and shaded porches with rocking chairs bring back a feeling of a slower-paced fall afternoon deep in the Tennessee countryside.
“I think it’s good for the community, and the kids really enjoy it. When my son was young, we started doing it, and we’ve continued the tradition ever since,” said Buddy.
Cedarwood Pumpkin Patch is open through Oct. 31. A general admission ticket includes one carving-size pumpkin, a hayride, mazes, riding the pumpkin train around the nursery grounds, bouncing on the jump pad, seeing the animals at the petting zoo and countless other activities. Bonfires are held on Friday and Saturday nights, including a pumpkin, two hotdogs and buns, marshmallows, bag of chips and a drink.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
By Appointment Only: Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
General Admission Prices:
Ages 11 and older: $12
Ages 3 to 10: $10
Children 2 years and under are free with an adult admission (one child per adult)
Special school rates:
One teacher per class gains free admission
Monday- Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For more information, call 939-3960 or visit cedarwoodfarmstn.com.