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Patches ready for fall crowds





With the summer heat fading into crisp, cool evenings, it is time to usher in fall.

Granny Mae's Pumpkin Patch in Dorrance is just one of the locations that will begin celebrating fall this weekend.

The pumpkin patch, located off Interstate 70 Exit 199, will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. It will feature a train trail, scarecrow meadow, live music provided by the Pumpkin Patch Gang, a 5-acre corn maze and more.

A new addition to the pumpkin patch is a pilot who will give plane rides over the pumpkin patch.

While there is no fee to enter Granny Mae's, there is a charge for specific activities.

Cottage Lane Pumpkin Patch and Candles, Ellis, also will open Saturday.

Cottage Lane will feature hay rides, pumpkin harvesting, animals and more.

Cottage Lane, 1001 W. 15, will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

After opening weekend concludes, Cottage Lane will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

A small entry fee is required for admission.

In Utica, TLB Farm's Prairie Pumpkin Patch and Prairie Pumpkin Critters' opening day will be at noon Oct. 7 and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Admission costs $5 per person, ages 3 and older.

The TLB Pumpkin Patch will feature hay rides, a kiddie train, the Bigger Bale Maze & Haunted Tunnel, as well as animals such as dogs, donkeys, alpacas and goats.