Pumpkin Patch Closing After 28 Years

October 26, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
After nearly three decades in business, a popular central Fresno pumpkin patch is selling its last gourds. And before the owner says goodbye he's offering his customers a heavy deal.Wayne Robinson has seen plenty of change surrounding the intersection at Clinton and Weber where he's operated a pumpkin patch for 28 years. But this is probably his final Halloween there, because the city is working with a developer to build a new police substation on the property. "This is probably the last dance. Am I sad? One minute I'm sad, the next minute I'm happy," said Robinson."

Robinson has sold countless pumpkins and Christmas trees here over the years and many families come year after year. "I just come with my daughter-in-law and my granddaughter. They come every year here and my granddaughter is 12 so she's been coming here for at least 12 years. My granddaughter calls him Grandpa Wayne," said Jo-Ann Olivas.

"They came in strollers; now they're pushing strollers ... it's all the new generation. It's personal to me," said Robinson.

A sign at the pumpkin patch thanks families for all the memories and another nearby offers an eye-catching deal ... all the pumpkins you can carry for $20. "We live at Polk and Herndon but we knew it was here and we heard about the deal so it's the place to be ... with my big son-in-law!" said Diana Sacca.

Sacca's son-in-law Dave was able to carry 5 pumpkins. "I think we got a good deal," said Sacca.

Robinson seems torn about what to do next and whether he'll relocate. He's planning to sell Christmas trees in November. After that he's not sure. "Will I rebuild? I'm too old to rebuild. But I probably will anyway," said Robinson.

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