Pumpkin Patches in South Carolina
Find pumpkin picking near Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach on our list of South Carolina pumpkin patches. Many have corn mazes, family entertainment, zip lines, fresh vegetables and farm activities. Usually the fun starts early September and extends just past Halloween.
Pick Your Own 2015
Denver Downs Farm – Anderson, SC. Enjoy the pumpkin patch and 15 acre corn maze this fall of Angie Garrison, her husband Tom, and their family. They hold events like the Pumpkin Festival, Halloween Costume Contest and Pumpkin Princess Pageant. There’s also games and activities like the zip line, cow train, hayrides, bale mazes and more. The farm is located at 4915 Clemson Boulevard, Anderson SC 29621 (be wary of incorrect maps – it is located 1.2 miles north of I-85 off Exit 19B (Clemson). They are 28 miles southwest of Greenville, SC.
Dempsey Farms – St. Helena Island, SC. A u-pick family farm eleven miles east of Beaufort. Pumpkins are available from early October to November 1st. They pretty much have all types of vegetables available for harvest from strawberries in April to pumpkins in October. The address is 1576 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, SC. They are about 40 miles from Hilton Head.
Legare Farms – Johns Island, SC. The ninth generation of Legares continue their legacy offarming on the island. Go pumpkin picking in their patch, take a hayride, make a scarecrow or go for a horse ride. Also enjoy the barnyard animals, playground and hedge maze. The address is 2620 Hanscombe Point Road, Johns Island, SC 29455. They are 13 miles from Charleston, SC.
Autumn Farm and Vineyard – Gaffney, SC. A three acre corn maze that turns haunted after dark, as well as the patch of pumpkins. At night they are called Field of Scream as the only haunted corn maze in Cherokee County. During the day they have bounce houses, corn maze, carnival games, and pumpkins for sale. They are open Saturday and Sunday in October. The address is 2980 Pacolet Hwy, Gaffney, SC 29340. It is 16 miles east of Spartanburg.
McLeod Farms – McBee, SC. Family owned and operated since 1916, it’s one of the largest peach growers in the Southeast US. They also have u-pick pumpkins and a corn maze. They hold a fall festival annually in October as well. The farm opens to the public with strawberries in April. They are located at 29247 S. C. Hwy. 151, McBee, SC 29101. They are 67 miles northeast of Columbia.
Willard Farms – Gable, SC. They have a corn maze and patch of pumpkins in October. While you are there, be sure to try the Willard Original Burger. They are located at 1120 South Brick Church Rd, Gable, SC 29051. Check with their facebook page as they did not open last year. They are 57 miles east of Columbia.
Bush-N-Vine Farm – York, SC. Pick your own pumpkins from their pumpkin patch after a hayride (Saturdays). A peach farm owned by the Hall family for over 150 years, they’ve been growing fresh fruits and vegetables for the public on their 150 acre farm since Bob Hall started in 1979 with an open air market. The pumpkin patch is open from late September through October 31st. The location is 1650 Filbert Hwy York, SC 29745. They are 39 miles southwest of Charlotte, NC.
Cotton Hills Farm – Lowrys, SC. They’ve been farming since 1882. They supply pumpkins to some surrounding farms but they also allow pick your own pumpkins from their patch. The address is 2309 Wilson Road, Chester, SC 29706. They are 42 miles southwest of Charlotte, NC.
Pumpkins were first grown in the New World. They were originally grown by Native American farmers in combination with other crops along river banks. The squash and pumpkins were first grown along with sunflowers and beans. Then they were grown with maize (corn) and beans. The “Three Sisters,” as they are known, aid each other in growth. The squash prevents weeds and preserves moisture in the ground. The corn serves as a trellis for the beans to grow, and their growth helps to stabilize the corn in the wind. The pumpkins looked different than the ones which are turned into jack-o-lanterns today. How about some Jack-o-Lantern History.
The word pumpkin, despite the American origin of the plant, has greek origins. In Greek, Pepon means large melon. As the word and squash gained use in France, England and America, the word pumpkin emerge.
Did you know that October 26th each year is National Pumpkin Day?
Fun Facts About Halloween Pumpkins
Before Columbus, pumpkins were not a native fruit in Europe. Jack O’Lanterns were carved from turnips or gourds. Pumpkins were native to Central America for over 5000 years before being brought back to Europe by the French explorer Jacques Cartier. Pumpkins are a fruit and really a member of the squash family which includes melons, cucumbers, gourds and more. The Irish are credited with bringing pumpkin carving to America. Pumpkin flowers and seeds are edible. It generally takes 80-120 days for a pumpkin to go from seed to grown fruit. Most pumpkins in the United States are ripened and used in October. Funtober has more information on pumpkins here.
Circleville Pumpkin Show “The Greatest Free Show On Earth”
The small town of Circleville, Ohio is located just south of Columbus. It has a population of 12,000 which has over 400,000 visitors to their annual downtown pumpkin festival. This year the Circleville Pumpkin Show runs October 21st – 24th, 2015. The four day event features seven different pumpkin parades with 50 bands and 40 floats. There are over 300 food and craft vendors with 30 plus amusement carnival rides. Expect to find lots of band music, stage acts, pageants, pumpkin pie eating, and even hog calling contests. This is one spectacular event that started back in 1903.