The First United Methodist Church's annual pumpkin patch opens Friday.
The annual fundraiser supports the church's children's and youth activities, including the Wednesday night Logos program, as well as things for students in seventh to 12th grade.
Volunteers were out Thursday afternoon in front of the church to help unload 771 pumpkins, as well as two types of gourds and the miniature-sized pumpkins that will be passed out to visiting classrooms.
The patch is set up on South Shelby Street in Carthage.
Hours are Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. and every weekday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Halloween.
Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.