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‘Tis the season for hayrides and pumpkins

London Aguilar of Roswell gets her arms around a couple of future jack-of-lanterns at Graves Farm on Saturday afternoon. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Not every spot in the world can offer people a hayride to a pumpkin patch, but Chaves County can.

These hayrides take visitors past a corn maze to the Graves pumpkin patch. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Today is the last day for public hayrides at Graves Farms on Graves Road off of the Old Dexter Highway. The rides will take people to one of the “best pumpkin-picking patches in America,” at least according to one tourist guide. The rides occur from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

The family farm, which has been producing vegetables and fruit in the area since the 1930s and sells produce from its on-site store, has been hosting Fall Festivals for about 11 years. It also has offered educational tours and activities for schools and youth groups for 25 years.

It’s Halloween activities — including a Zombie Paintball Shoot and a Scary Maze — wrapped up Saturday night.

Each year, about 3,000 people attend the Fall Festival and 3,500 school children come for visits at the farm.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.