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Great Pumpkins! Biloxi students enjoy church's pumpkin patch

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 North Bay Elementary School students run through the pumpkin patch at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi on Friday Oct. 16, 2015.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD North Bay Elementary School students run through the pumpkin patch at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi on Friday Oct. 16, 2015. SUN HERALD

BILOXI -- The 'Pumpkin Church' was overrun again with children on Friday as more than 200 students from three schools enjoyed fall activities there.

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer on Popp's Ferry Road in Biloxi has staged a pumpkin patch for more than 20 years, church members said.

"It gets better and better every year," said John Byrd, whose family has been a part of the church since the early 1900s.

Pre-K students from St. Mark's Preschool and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School and first-graders from North Bay Elementary School visited the patch Friday. Students ran among the pumpkins, went on hay rides, played games and listen to stories.

At the end of the day, everyone got a small pumpkin to take home.

The pumpkin patch is a strong tradition at the church that moved after their sanctuary on the beach was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"We have a great deal of loyal customers," said church member Spencer Jackson, who told a story of a woman who remembered coming to the patch as a child and, yesterday, finally found it again.

Schools who would like to visit the patch can contact the church.

The patch is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Halloween or until the pumpkins are all sold.

The church will host its annual fall festival Saturday.

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