BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The annual Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi pumpkin patch opens Saturday. This year roughly 3,000 pumpkins arrived on time aboard an 18-wheeler. The gourds came from the grounds of a Navajo Indian tribe in New Mexico.
On Friday, ROTC and church members formed an assembly line unloading the pumpkins one by one and neatly lining them in rows on the church lawn.
"We put hard work into this. We take five hours to do this instead of forklifts," said Church of the Redeemer parishioner Ethin McKinnon.
The pumpkins come in all shapes, sizes and a few different colors. Church members said the patch is a great way for families to enjoy a day selecting the perfect pumpkin.
But the patch also serves another purpose.
"It raises money for ministries in the church especially concerned with Christian formation education and some of the outreach projects that our youth and adult classes do," said The Very Reverend Robert Wetherington of Church of the Redeemer.
Wetherington says the cost of the pumpkins various based on size.
"We try to provide a community experience. We lay them out for people to come and bring their families. People come and do their photo shoots here. You have an opportunity to see all the pumpkins laid out. It's a beautiful place to come," said Wetherington.
Church of the Redeemer is located at 1904 Popps Ferry Rd, Biloxi, MS 39532.
The patch opens Oct. 3 - Oct. 30. You may purchase a pumpkin Monday-Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.