Papa's Pumpkin Patch

Papa's Pumpkin Patch exists to support charitable organizations that have families and education as their mission. 

Open each fall we haul pumpkins and all of our other produce like squash, gourds, straw bales, corn stalks and decorative corn into the yards each week in September and early October so you always see a fresh supply of fall color. 

Admission to the patch is affordable and offer lots of free activities including bale mazes, a corn maze, log jam, nature trail, Papa’s Ville wooden play structures, swings galore and photo opportunities.

During pumpkin season, our pumpkin cannon and pumpkin trebuchet take aim at targets on Thursdays from 5-7 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 pm. Activities for a small fee are available Thursdays from 5-7 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6 pm. They include: zip lines, horse-drawn hayrides, pony rides, train rides, sling shots, pedal carts, a side-by-side Obstacle Course, Papa’s Puttin’ Patch, concessions and a gift store.

Category:   Services
Dave Pearce

5001 Fernwood Dr
Bismarck, ND 58503-9017

Phone Number: (701) 222-1521



Papa’s Pumpkin Patch began in 1983 as a “Happy Accident.”

We were asked to plant pumpkins for a friend who wanted them for a parade float. We planted a few pumpkin seeds, and it wasn’t a good season — too wet and too cool. Add to that, the parade was moved from October to September! We had hundreds of green pumpkins for the parade, not near enough orange for our friend’s request.

So, we invited local grade school teachers to bring their classes to the “Pumpkin Patch” a few weeks later when the pumpkins turned orange. We hauled some of them into the yard and decided it would be extra special if each child could take one home. Since then, we’ve grown from one class of 20 children to nearly 8,000 pre-school and elementary students visiting Papa’s Pumpkin Patch each season.

In 1989, we opened Papa’s to the public and today our season runs from mid-September to mid-October. This year will bring an estimated 25-30,000 pumpkins, gourds, decorative corn and related harvest items to our yard and around 70,000 people in the seven-week season.

In addition to the produce, more then 25 activities have been built and added for children of all ages to enjoy.

Member Since: 07/02/2015

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