By Wayne Allen
Portsmouth Raceway Park (PRP) is set to open its annual Pumpkin Patch this weekend — located just outside of the PRP racetrack with a number of activities for the entire family.
Trish Picklesimer, Pumpkin Patch spokeswoman, said the Pumpkin Patch opened for the first time last year and will open again this weekend with a few added features this year. She said there have been two field trips and a church group that’s visited the Pumpkin Patch prior to opening this year.
Some of the features of the Pumpkin Patch include, a corn maze, hay rides, a designated play area with toys and Battle Balls. According to battle-balls.com, “Battle Balls are large plastic balls worn over the upper body and face, leaving your legs free to run around, with a donut-shaped hole to allow for easy breathing. The suits are typically used in pairs or more, and allow you to bump, check, or steam roll your opponent(s).”
Picklesimer said there is also a zip line, swings and a corn box. Instead of a sand box the Pumpkin Patch filled a similar box with corn. There will also be a concession stand available with food and drinks available for purchase.
Picklesimer said the reaction from the people that’s been to the Pumpkin Patch last year and so far this year has been positive. When asked who could visit the Pumpkin Patch Picklesimer said, “anybody. It’s open to any age.” She said the Pumpkin Patch is a place where kids and adults can have fun.
To get to the Pumpkin Patch, to take one of the exits to Portsmouth Raceway Park. You follow a path towards the Ohio River and the Pumpkin Patch is under the Carl Perkins Bridge.
She said the Pumpkin Patch will open to the public for the first time this weekend to the public. She on Saturday and Sunday from noon till about 7:30 p.m. The cost of admission is $5.
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