Harvest keeps the Chramosta family busy this time of year. They could be out finishing another row of corn, but the smiles on kids faces bring them back to their pumpkin patch near Gibbon.
"We'll always get the corn picked. We always have. So it's fun to see the kids and make impressions on their lives and enjoy what has been given to us," said Ron Chramosta.
The Chramostas began growing pumpkins in their backyard garden. About ten years ago, they decided to add even more and now have ten acres of pumpkins on their family farm.
"We just decided it'd be nice for people to come out, have a good time, bring their families. They can pick out pumpkins, they can just enjoy the whole atmosphere," said Shannon.
Visitors feed the pony, donkey and fainting goats, try a lap around the trike track, take a hayrack ride or get lost in the eight acre corn maze. Be sure to catch a glimpse of their great pumpkin, all 320 pounds!!!
"Feel the good fresh air, see the pumpkins, and just be out in the country and see the good
life out here."
The Chramostas raise fourteen different varieties of pumpkins. They not only grow your next jack-o-lantern, but let young and old bring out their inner child.
"They're able to run and play and have a good time and they can't hurt a thing."
On most days the Chromastas stay busy in the fields, but every weekend in October they visit the patch for the memories that come back every fall.
The pumpkin patch is now open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It's also open during the week for scheduled tours for school groups.