On Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1,800 pumpkins from the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico will be delivered to Peace Dale Congregational Church at the corner of Columbia and Church Streets in Peace Dale. Fraternity brothers from the University of Rhode Island’s Lambda Chi Alpha will help unload the pumpkins with assistance from local Scout troops. The pumpkins will be available for sale daily beginning October 8th from 11:00 a.m. till dusk until the end of the month with community engagement events on Saturdays, including a church-sponsored Pumpkin Palooza festival on October 14th. Students from South Kingstown High School’s National Honor Society and ArtDepartment will assist with staffing. A local farmer has donated a giant pumpkin to serve as a beacon for sales.
“This is such a great fundraiser for us. Last year’s efforts provided over $5,000 to support emergency shelter and affordable housing in South County. We can’t thank Peace Dale Congregational Church enough for coordinating this annual event,” said Allison Martinez, Interim Director, Welcome House of South County. “We’re really excited for this year’s pumpkin patch, which will offer more pumpkins and family-friendly activities every Saturday. It’s a great way to celebrate the season while helping our struggling neighbors as we head into the colder months.”