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Looking for a pumpkin patch? Plenty within a day's drive

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Pumpkin shopping at Lone Pine Farms

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JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — You don't have to travel far to pick a big orange pumpkin.

There are a handful of patches within a few miles of Eugene.

And they offer plenty more to do besides jack-o-lantern carving.

At a place where the goats are always hungry and the pumpkin is king, kids at Lone Pine Farms have more distractions than they can count.

Orange is easy to spot along River Road north of Eugene. October pumpkins are in ready supply, making these grade schoolers more choosers than beggars.

“It gets them out of the classroom and you get to watch them play and have fun and you get to interact with them,” teacher Erika Way said. Way brought a group of students from Life Lutheran School in Eugene to Lone Pine.

And there's plenty to see and do at this Junction City farm, including one of the largest corn mazes in the state.

“It's not just for children anymore or teenagers. We're really finding it's a really wide group of people who are coming out,” Lone Pine general manager Dan Murray said.

The staff at Lone Pine recommends giving yourself about an hour to complete this 10-acre labyrinth. And that's assuming you don't get lost, which is pretty easy to do. Or you can come back after dark and they'll give you a good scare.
 
“Couple of chainsaw guys hit you and the graveyard hits you, your blood will be pumping. It's a good experience. It'll lull you to sleep for a second, then wham! Somebody's got you!” Murray said.
 
Meanwhile, about 23 miles south in Pleasant Hill, Bob Schutte is going medieval as he launches a pumpkin from a giant wood catapult.

“It's an educational and fun time for the kids,” Schutte said. Schutte runs the Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm with his wife Lynn.

This Christmas tree farm is also a large pumpkin operation. And best of all, the Schuttes guarantee that nobody leaves this place empty-handed.

“My favorite question to everybody as they leave is did they get a good workout today?” Schutte jokes.

Two places that are too "gourd" to pass up.

Lone Pine Farms is open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Lone Pine Farms http://www.lonepinefarms.com/

Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm http://www.northernlightschristmastreefarm.com/contact.html