Students frolic at Pumpkin Patch

By Taryn Gillespie

Homecoming week is full of fun activities to get the students involved and pumped for Homecoming.

While the campus activities board plans all these activities they also have the chance to be involved and have fun, too.

On Oct. 27 the activities board set up a night at Sweet’s Pumpkin Patch for the students.

The students loaded onto busses from the college at 8:15 p.m. and headed out, about eight miles north of town to the patch.

The Pumpkin Patch staff had activities like hayrack rides, a pumpkin cannon, giant swings and a zip-line provided for their visitors.

Planning for the themes for Homecoming Week takes brainstorming and input from students.

Dana Hinshaw, Activities Board director said planning has been underway for weeks.

“This year it started with a haunted house, something fun for Halloween,” Hinshaw said. “Then someone suggested the pumpkin patch and I called and got the details.”

The students on the campus activities board made the suggestions and worked together to plan the details of the event.

“Since it’s Halloween week we wanted to do something Halloweenie,” said Sahita Rojo, Campus Activities Board member, Hutchinson.

“We wanted to involve ‘The Nightmare on Elm Street’ to the theme, so after some brainstorming we came up with ‘Nightmare on Plum Street’ as our theme for the week.”

About 150 students made an appearance at the event.

“I was hoping for at least 100 students with it being eight miles north of town,” Hinshaw said. “We had 150 and that is an awesome turnout.”

Some students came because they heard good things about the Pumpkin Patch, and their friends were going to be there.

“I came tonight because I heard this sh– was going to be hella dope and all my (friends) were going to be here,” said DJ Smalls, Columbia, South Carolina.

However Jalen Cooks, Kansas City, Missouri, didn’t find it to be quite as fun or shocking as they expected.

“I thought it was going to be more scary.” Cooks said. “I’m really disappointed that it’s not more scary.”

In all, the event had a fine turnout and many students said they had a great time. Even the weather was awesome.

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