The Great Pumpkin

Sonia Thompson

While the calendar tells us it's officially fall, Southerners are still sweltering in temps hovering around the mid-90s and day-dreaming of sweater weather. To help get into the spirit of decorative gourd season, we suggest a visit to one of North Mississippi's pumpkin patches or corn mazes. It won't magically lower the heat index, but it will be fun for the whole family. Here are a handful of options close to Splinter Creek.

Wise Family Farm in Pontotoc, Mississippi, is fun for the whole family.

1. Wise Family Farm
Enjoy themed corn mazes, pumpkin picking straight from the vine, wagon rides, a flower maze, flower picking, a petting zoo and more. General admission tickets are $13. Open Sept. 24-Nov. 3 in Pontotoc, Mississippi.

The urban pumpkin patch at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Oxford is a literal bright spot in the middle of town.

2. St. Peter's Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
The quaint little patch at St. Peter's church is a favorite site in Oxford each fall. Located just off the historic Square, this urban pumpkin patch is a literal bright spot in the middle of town. Pumpkins usually arrive around Oct. 1, and the sales are a fundraiser for the church.

3. Cedar Hill Farm
Take a tractor-drawn hayride out to the pumpkin patch and let the kids pick their own, right out of the patch. Eat some of your favorite festival treats while the children play on the hay fort, ride a pony, and pet the farm animals. General admission tickets are $10.95. Open Sept. 21-Nov. 2 in Hernando, Mississippi.

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