(WBIR-Knoxville) Longtime patrons of the Punkin' Patch are experiencing pumpkin panic. The 50-year-old fall attraction will close down operations forever after the first week of November.
"They're just really sad we're not going to be here," said Larry Maples, son of owner June Maples. "We are a little bit sad but...it's time."
The Maples family decided to sell their property. The land landed years of pumpkin profit.
When asked what her future plans are, 89 year-old June Maples said, "Go crazy, I guess".
June and Larry hit the jack-o'-lantern jackpot after selling countless numbers of pumpkins over the decades.
"A man told me the other day, 'I brought my children, my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren here'," June Maples said.
"I'd just like to say we appreciate you," Larry Maples added. "We're going to miss you as much as you're going to miss us."
The Punkin' Patch received a new shipment of pumpkins Monday. They will stay open through the first week of November. The attraction is located in the 7000 block of Middlebrook Pike in West Knoxville.
You may email your photos and memories of the Punkin' Patch to firstname.lastname@example.org. Jordan Rogers, a part-time employee, will place the memories in a photo album for the Maples.