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October 9, 2010

Marlow’s Pumpkin Patch open for season

MT. VERNON — Autumn has arrived, which means it’s also time once again for Marlow’s Pumpkin Patch and Adventure Farm.

This fall marks the 12th year for the family business, operated by Tim and Tracy Marlow.

Tim Marlow said the business, which sees about 4,000 to 6,000 people each fall, has been improved with more decorations and a larger parking lot.

“We changed it so it’s more country looking,” he said. “We have also moved into the barn here, because we were losing so many tents over the years.”

The family works on preparing for the fall season year round, Marlow said, with the three months before opening the most intense.

He said his father, Mark Marlow, paints the many wooden characters and decorations around the Marlows’ property.

“It’s kind of his wintertime project,” he said.

The harvest from the Marlows’ 30-acre farm offers 63 different types of pumpkins, gourds, mums, squash, straw, Indian corn and corn stalks for sale.

Marlow said despite problems with blight in central Illinois pumpkin crops, and low rainfall here in Jefferson County, their harvest was better than they expected.

Marlow’s also offers a barn haunted house maze, a picnic area, an outdoor corn maze, an adventure farm featuring a playground and petting zoo and a pirate ship hay ride.

During the week, the business is visited by schoolchildren from Marion, Mt. Vernon, Centralia, Salem, Iuka, Odin and other areas, Marlow said.

“We have field trips every day we’re open for the school kids,” he said. “The church groups also seem to enjoy it.”

The business, located at 14003 North Harmony Lane in Opdyke, will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 30.

On weekends, the business also offers visitors the opportunity to snack on kettle corn and several flavors of home made ice cream, Marlow said.

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