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Red River Pumpkin Patch ushers in fall festivities in Tillman County

Photo courtesy Anna Wofford
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FREDERICK, Okla. -- It has been said in Frederick, Oklahoma  that the arrival of spring there is heralded by the sweet scent from the blooming magnolia tree that is in place on the lawn of the Tillman County Courthouse fills the air  and that the fall season is marked by the sudden presence of pumpkins, gourds, and hay bales in various locales in the downtown area of that community.

And the one that recently materialized in front of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce office includes a seemingly weary scarecrow who stands guard over yellow pumpkins and one white one that was possibly put there  in the spirit of inclusion.

Festive decorations outside the Frederick Chamber of Commerce. (Photo courtesy Anna Wofford)

And many of the pumpkins in place there that will soon be glistening with frost in the morning hours are from the neighboring community of Davidson, where a place with the appropriate title of the “The Red River Pumpkin Patch” recently hosted  an event that may be a new fall tradition in both southern Oklahoma and northern Texas.

That gathering, which was held on Saturday and offered face painting and glitter tattoos for the modest sum of $1, and probably accounted for the number of brightly colored cherubic countenances that were seen on exchanged selfie photos on  both sides of the Red River on that date.

A small petting zoo was in place as well, and people of various ages could be observed  getting acquainted with the docile creatures that were in it. A  haunted maze constructed with an impressive accumulation of corn stalks was in place there and was filled with groups of children who fearlessly made their way through it on both Friday and Saturday nights despite the occasional ghosts and goblins that jumped out of it.

But it was explained that those creatures were children friendly and were not bloody or gory. The delicate art of pumpkin carving was on display as people as people brandished knives like surgeon’s scalpels as they cut into pumpkins.

Face-painting at the Red River Pumpkin Patch in Davidson, OK.  (Photo courtesy Anna Wofford) 

The event was overseen by the  establishments  owners and operators, Anna and Chad Wofford, who displayed the warmth that is said to be found in abundance on both banks of the meandering Red River.

It has been said that good fences make good neighbors and it seems that waterways can have a similar  beneficial impact and Anna Wofford explained that  many of the attendees met friends and relatives from Texas at the gathering. The Woffords have been preparing their  own brand of jelly on their farm in recent years and some of the guests could be seen departing with jars of that jelly along with pumpkins that they purchased.

That jarred concoction is also sold at gatherings held in Frederick. She further told of how that this was the second time the event was held and that  she and her husband intend to enlarge the activities that are offered in the years to come.

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