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Gervais FFA brought joy to the faces of the school district's younger students with its annual Pumpkin Patch.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Face painting was among the festive activities Gervais High School FFA provided for younger students during its 2022 Pumpkin Patch. If it's not the most fun day of the year for many Gervais students, it certainly has to have a place in the running.

Gervais High School FFA hosted its annual Pumpkin Patch on Friday, Oct. 28, under skies that threatened to unleash showers but couldn't dampen spirits. From 9:15 am. through the early afternoon classes, students from the elementary school took turns turning out at the patch behind the high school where the students culled through the patch and picked their pumpkins, pet the featured farm animals and enjoyed cookies and juice in the FFA barn.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - The farm critters were a hit for the youngsters attending the Gervais High School FFAs annual Pumpkin Patch.

One beaming preschool girl posed the most astute question of the morning: "Am I dreaming or is this real?"

The event is hosted by the FFA, and its leaders brought out a number of featured attractions, including goats Scooby and Betty White and a wooly soft sheep named Stacy. This year there were also several horses hanging around the stalls and small pasture near the barn.

While fun, lessons are laced into the mix.

"To show how there is a definite need for ag (education), one of the fifth graders thought the sheep was a dog," Gervais FFA advisor Megan Dilson said.

It's not just the younger students who have fun with this event.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Gervais School District 5th graders haul off their goods after visiting the annual Gervais High School FFA Pumpkin Patch.

"It is much better than being in class," FFA leader Lauren Ferschweiler quipped. "I'm missing two tests and a presentation."

Ferschweiler did admit that the scheduled scholastic duties would likely catch back up to her, but for one day the pumpkins, animals and kids were center stage for this FFA contingent.

Dilson stressed that while the FFA students put in a commendable collective effort to make this an annual success, the event's generous sponsors are the festivity's fuel.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Finding the right pumpkin for you; the Gervais High School FFAs annual Pumpkin Patch was once again a hit for the school districts younger students.

"We provided pumpkins to over 450 students in the elementary school and day care program," Dilson said. "Our sponsors that donated this year are: Nottinghamshire Organic Farms; Mustard Seed Organic Farms; Autumn Harvest; Schlechter Farms; Timmy Kivi; Beilke Farms and Safeway donated juice and cookies for the event."

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PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Up close and personal: students got a good look at the farm critters during the annual Gervais High School FFA Pumpkin Patch.

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